Call You and Yours: Troubled Families
Call You and Yours. What's the best way to help troubled families?
The Government has called for an end to what it describes as the 'it's not my fault' culture of excuses which has allowed around 120,000 troubled families to avoid taking responsibility for their own lives. Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, warned there will be less understanding of the chaos caused by their problems which costs the country around £9bn each year. The Government says it will pledge £448m to tackle the problem in England - but local councils will be expected to provide more than half the funding for the scheme.
But how will it work? Is throwing money at the problem the answer? Who will decide how the money is spent? And where will councils find the money to fund the work?
And who will decide what a problem family is? If you're a part of what's been identified as a troubled family, how easy is it to get help when you're struggling to cope? Or perhaps your life's been blighted by a troubled family? Is this new approach music to your ears!
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