Somerset project helps 580 troubled families
- 22 March 2014
- From the section Somerset
More families in Somerset are set to get support and help with an additional £475,000 grant from the government.
The Troubled Families Programme is aimed at those affected by offending or anti-social behaviour and school exclusions or truancy.
Somerset County Council has been given the grant for helping more than 40% of families within two years.
The council has identified 870 families who need help and so far 580 families have been supported.
Cabinet member Frances Nicholson said: "The 'success money' will help us widen our programme even further and help many more families into healthier, happier more fulfilled lives.
"Plus each family where we help to break a cycle of dependence on public services saves the public sector a huge amount of money."
So far the local authority has received a total of £1.6m in grants, although no set-up money was handed out when the scheme began in 2011 across the country.