£864k bid to help troubled households
8:49am Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A TEACHER is among the new posts created to help turn around Bolton’s most difficult families.
Bolton Council has been given £864,000 from the government which will help bosses target 300 of the borough’s 830 “troubled families” in the next 12 months.
The teacher is one of two posts to have been created to help get the families back into work or school and to prevent them committing crime.
Town Hall chiefs say the move will strengthen the team which has already started working with families they have identified as falling into the “troubled” category.
The teacher will work at the pupil referral unit, Youth Challenge, which helps children who have difficulties settling into mainstream schools to have a better education while also helping those who are at risk of being excluded from mainstream schools. It has previously won praise for turning troubled teenagers into responsible and ambitious citizens.
The other post is a support role to help with administration of the scheme.
Both jobs would be funded by the government’s troubled families initiative money and would be for a fixed three-year term.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We have been working with troubled families for the past six months and these appointments will further strengthen and form an important part of the team.”
The troubled families initiative is a government-funded scheme to help families change their lives and is intended to ease the burden on the taxpayer. Research shows that Bolton’s 830 “troubled families” cost the taxpayer more than £62 million each year.
Each of the families cost the public sector £75,000 per year in benefits, on cash being spent by the police and council in dealing with anti-social behaviour, crime, truancy and health interventions, which includes everything from trips to accident and emergency to long-term medical problems.
More funding will be given to town hall bosses if the scheme is successful.
Its success will be judged by any reduction in the number of truanting children, or unemployed parents getting jobs.
The Bolton team is headed by a troubled families strategy group, chaired by the council’s director of children’s services, Margaret Asquith.