HEREFORDSHIRE’S support for troubled families has been praised by Community Secretary Eric Pickles.
New figures released from the Department for Communities and Local Government show halfway through a three-year programme, the county council has worked with 278 families, more than 100 of which have turned their lives around with children back in school and adults in work on a path back to employment.
Mr Pickles said: “I am delighted that across the country our programme is already helping half of our target of 120,000 troubled families at its midway stage and Herefordshire Council has turned around 101.
“These are families that have often had problems and created serious issues in their communities for generations. And these results show that these problems can be dealt with through a no-nonsense and common sense approach, bringing down costs to the taxpayer at the same time.”
Jo Davidson, the council’s director for children’s wellbeing, added: “We are proud to be amongst the highest claimants of reward funding in the country, a clear sign that our multi-agency approach, which has developed over a number of years and centres on the needs of children, is paying dividends.”