Funding for troubled families programme

Plans for a three year programme to help support more than 1,580 ‘troubled families’ in Nottinghamshire have been unveiled.

Nottinghamshire County Council will receive £2.3m over the next three years as part of the Government’s Troubled Families Programme.

Support will be offered to households that are either involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, have children out of school, have an adult on out of work benefits or those who cause high costs to the public purse.

In the Broxtowe district there are 192 troubled families, or 12.15 per cent.

During the first year 2012 – 13, 439 families will receive support through district teams of managers and co-ordinators and the Family Intervention Team.

Close links will be built with other agencies including the police, the probation service, health and the targeted youth support services.

Cllr Philip Owen, Chairman of Children and Young People’s Services, said: “The support that will be on offer is aimed at children, young people and their families who are the most difficult to engage with.

“The programme is run on a payment-by-results basis so we’ll be looking to reduce criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, improve school attendance and encourage parents into work.”

The annual cost to agencies in Nottinghamshire footing the bill for troubled families is £118.5m or £75,000 per family per year.