Jun 18 2012 By Carl Gavaghan
The council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, Councillor David Simmonds
FAMILIES could benefit from almost £2million in government money to help them turn their lives around.
Hillingdon Council has signed up to the government’s Troubled Families programme under which more than 500 families in the borough get help to get children off the streets and into school, reduce youth crime and antisocial behaviour and get adults into work.
The scheme is run on a payment-by-results basis, and up to £4,000 available for every family that is successfully ‘turned around’. Up to £1,850,000 will be available to Hillingdon in the next three years.
The council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, Councillor David Simmonds, said: “In Hillingdon we already have our Families Service, which has achieved a great deal supporting parents and young people and works closely with our local charities and voluntary organisations to combat anti-social behaviour, youth offending and improve school attendance.
“However, we welcome this initiative which will help us continue to work with these families to ensure these issues are tackled head-on.”
Under the deal the government will pay councils if they tackle the problems causing high rates of truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour or put parents on a path back to work.
Under the scheme families will each get a key worker who will help work though their problems, and who will bring in specialist services if required.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Together we can finally tackle a problem that has long been grappled with. We cannot go on spending so much of taxpayers’ money on such a small amount of families without turning their lives around once and for all. This programme is a unique opportunity to do so.
“Everyone will benefit from getting kids off the streets and into school; getting parents off benefits and into work; and cutting youth crime and anti-social behaviour. But it is also right that we will only pay councils in full if they deliver the results that we require.”