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  • MP WELCOMES £1.5 MILLION TO SUPPORT TROUBLED FAMILIES IN DEVON

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will continue to fund the Troubled Families scheme for another year. Nationally, £165 million will be committed with more than £1.5 million earmarked for Devon. Established by David Cameron in November 2011, the scheme supports local authorities in helping families who have complex social and health issues. These include problems with children involved in youth crime or anti-social behaviour and adults who have been on out of work benefits for significant periods of time. Early reviews of the scheme suggested that it was making little difference but a more recent report concluded that it was successfully reducing the number of adults claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, had reduced the number of children going into care by a third and reduced the number of adults going to prison by a quarter.

    Mr Stride said:

    “It is essential that we provide more support to the families with the most complex problems. This programme can completely turn lives around. Recent analysis suggests that nearly 300,000 families have made progress in dealing with the problems that led to them joining the programme since 2015.”








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