Troubled families help is praised

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WORK to help troubled families in Sheffield has been praised by the Government - with more than a quarter already being offered help only nine months into a three-year programme.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has provided Sheffield Council with funding to help 1,680 families with parents who are out of work long-term and where children are believed to be at risk of getting into trouble.

A spokesman for the department said: “Sheffield figures are that the council has already identified 1542 of its 1680 troubled families and is already working with 521 of them. That is a long way ahead of where we expected them to be this early into a three-year programme.”

More than 8,000 troubled families are being targeted across Yorkshire and the Humber through the scheme.

As well as social services support, 150 specialist Jobcentre Plus advisers have been appointed around the region to give intensive support to whole families and track the progress made to get them into jobs.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said: ‪”The Troubled Families programme is on track, changing families for the better and reducing their impact on communities.”