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14k 'troubled families' helped

The government’s Troubled Families programme has successfully turned around the lives of 14,000 of England’s toughest to tackle households, Eric Pickles has reported.

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How 'troubled families' scheme works

According to the Communities and Local Government department, the parameters of the troubled families scheme are:

  • Councils are paid up to £4,000 for "turning around" troubled families.
  • Several measures must be met to receive the cash, including if children attend classes, adults are taken off benefits and the cost to public services is reduced.

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