Somerset project helps 580 troubled families

Boy on bicycle rides past graffiti on a shop front The troubled families project is aimed at helping families in crisis affected by issue like truancy and crime

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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.

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