Hundreds of troubled families get help from Wakefield Council

Peter Box
Peter Box

Almost 400 families have turned their lives around with help from a support scheme for people to avoid crime, find work and stay in education.

Wakefield Council said it helped hundreds of people by providing them with intensive support as part of the government’s Troubled Families initiative.

Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show 85 per cent of 930 families classed as troubled in the district area turned their lives around.

Troubled families are defined as those who are on out-of-work benefits, involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, have children absent from school and are costing the public sector an average of £75,000 a year.

Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: “By supporting all the family members and their issues in an intensive way we are helping to improve the lives of these families and their local communities that may have suffered the effects of their behaviour.

“The work this scheme is doing is vital in supporting people to get back into employment, which is proven to reduce incidents of crime, helping them secure a better life for the whole family.”

The council said children were back in school, youth crime and anti-social behaviour were down and adults were finding work as a result of the scheme.