London boroughs success in working with troubled families

  • By Jim Ranger

Thousands of troubled families in London struggling with issues such as unemployment, high personal debt and engaging in anti-social behaviour have been turned around by London’s boroughs in the past three years.

Government figures show that, since the launch of the programme in 2012, London local authorities and their partners have improved the lives of more than 21,452 families.

Mayor Jules Pipe, Chair of London Councils, said: “Turning around the lives of troubled families is a huge success story and demonstrates the effectiveness of tackling our big problems locally. It is also testament to the hard work of councils, partner agencies and family members working together.

“The programme has shown how effective it can be to put councils at the centre of efforts to reduce spending while tackling complex problems. The government must surely consider these figures in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.”

Under the programme, boroughs are free to develop their own locally-tailored schemes to help troubled families. It recognises that local authorities are uniquely positioned to understand local communities, bring together public services and build partnerships with community and voluntary groups.

The latest government figures are available here.


Notes to Editor

The Troubled Families Programme was launched by the government in 2012. In the first phase of the programme ‘turning around’ troubled families means:

• each child in the family to have had fewer than three fixed exclusions and less than 15 per cent unauthorised absences in the last three school terms
• a 60 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across the family in the last six months
• offending rates by all minors in the family reduced by at least 33 per cent in the last six months
• and/or at least one adult in the family to have moved from out-of-work benefits into continuous employment in the last six months.