A Government programme to help troubled families is to be extended, Eric Pickles has announced, with a focus on vulnerable infants.
So far the intensive intervention scheme, set up in the wake of the riots in London and elsewhere in England in 2011, has targeted 120,000 families - now that will be increased to half a million.
The programme will be expanded from working with school age children to include under-fives, and there will also now be a particular focus on improving poor health, which new data highlights is a particular problem in troubled families, with 71% having a physical health problem and 46% a mental health concern.
Work is due to begin in 51 local authorities, ahead of a national five-year programme getting underway from 2015.
Without intervention, troubled families cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds each year.
More top news
All eyes are on the stars as they arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars. But who won in the fashion stakes?
Tributes have been paid to the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of The House of Commons who has died aged 86.
A very unsettled start to the new week with heavy, thundery, occasionally wintry showers spreading in from the west throughout the day.