Scheme to target thousands of problem families

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ALMOST 4,000 South Yorkshire families could receive help under plans to ‘radically transform’ the lives of troubled children and their parents announced by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Some £450 million has been made available to councils through a new Troubled Families Team based within the Department for Communities and Local Government and headed by Louise Casey, former anti-social behaviour adviser to Tony Blair.

Councils will be offered up to 40 per cent of the cost of dealing with the troubled families, to focus on getting children back to school, reducing criminal behaviour and getting parents back to work.

Mr Cameron said: “These families are both troubled and causing trouble.

“We want to get to the bottom of their problems and resolve them.”

The programme was welcomed by Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett, who said: “The idea of coordinating all resources going into families where there has been a history of worklessness, a variety of forms of dysfunctionality, or troubled youngsters, makes absolute sense.”