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Troubled family scheme 'works'

A Government scheme that encourages effective intervention by social workers can dramatically reduce troubled families' involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour, according to an official report released today.

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Pickles: Whole community stands to benefit from scheme

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the "Working with Troubled Families" report shows that the whole community stands to benefit if the lives of the most chaotic families can be put back on track.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says savings can be made for taxpayers Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Mr Pickles said, "Effective family intervention also demonstrates that savings can be made for taxpayers by putting families back on the right track for the long run, rather than wasting money on simply reacting to their problems".

"We must have aspiration for every family and this work will reach all corners of the country", he added

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