Scheme to help trouble families

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Sheffield Council has signed up to a Government plan in which it is paid by results for helping troubled families.

The scheme will deliver up to £4,000 per family to local authorities which get children back into school, reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour and put adults ‘on a path back to work’.

Sheffield stands to gain a potential £5.6 million in payments if it achieves its targets in the next three years.

Council chief executive John Mothersole said: “We welcome any further funding which will help us deliver this service.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who is in charge of the project which aims to help 16,000 families nationwide, said: “It is great news that Sheffield has agreed to begin work with us.”