The government has announced that the Troubled Families programme will receive a further £165m in funding to ensure it continues for another year.
Initially set up set up by the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government in response to the 2011 riots in English cities at a cost of £448m the programme was revamped in 2015, with the aim of helping 400,000 families by 2020.
With about £158m a year having been spent on the programme since it’s inception, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said it had proved a success in transforming lives and relieving the burden on public services. A recent evaluation has indicated that the programme had reduced the proportion of children going into care by a third, reduced the proportion of adults going to prison by a quarter and had cut the number of adults claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England, said the government announcement was "welcome" but needed to be followed by "long term and extended funding commitments" in this year's spending review.
No commitment to the programme beyond 2021 has yet been made.