Eric Pickles and Iain Duncan Smith have announced plans to do more to get some of England’s hardest to help families back to work.
The communities and work and pensions secretaries are to more than double the number of specialist employment advisers in the government’s expanded Troubled Families programme.
The number of welfare to work specialists seconded from Jobcentre Plus directly into councils’ troubled families teams will go from 150 to over 300 from April this year as part of efforts to turn around the lives of up to 400,000 tough to tackle households.
The new £10 million investment, jointly funded by both the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions, will build on the success of the current programme which has now seen over 8,000 members of troubled families hold down a job for 3 months or more, a 6-fold increase on the previous year.
In total over 85,000 families with an average of 9 serious problems have had their lives turned around by the government programme, with children back in school, youth crime and anti-social behaviour significantly reduced and the £9 billion annual cost to the taxpayer down too.
From April the programme will be expanded to work with a further 400,000 families and tackle a wider range of problems such as mental health, debt and domestic violence, as well as an additional focus on families with children under 5. But getting adults back to work will continue to be a big priority for the programme.
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