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More Government help for 'troubled families'

There is to be a major extension of the Government's programme to tackle troubled families, Eric Pickles has announced.

The well-being of children under five will be the focus of the new push, as well as poor physical and mental health.

So far the intensive intervention scheme has targeted 120,000 families - now that will be increased to half a million.

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Government scheme 'fixes the services and the families'

The reason the Government's troubled families programme works is because it is "fixing the services around the families as much as we're fixing the families," the head of the scheme told Good Morning Britain.

Louise Casey, director general of Troubled Families, said too often families' problems have been looked at separately, which "isn't going to solve anything."

Eric Pickles has announced a major extension of the programme - it has reached 120,000 families so far, and will now target over half a million.

These families have an average of nine significant problems; truancy, domestic violence and debt are just some of the wider set of issues the expanded scheme will tackle.

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