Think Family – improving the lives of troubled families

By on 13/05/2013 in Cabinet, Cllr Jones, News
Cllr Brigid Jones

Cllr Brigid Jones

A strategy aimed at turning around the lives of more than 4,000 families in Birmingham and saving £45 million is due to be launched.

Think Family is Birmingham's response to the national Troubled Families programme, which looks to find new ways to deal with families that have persistent problems around crime and anti-social behaviour, school attendance and worklessness.

It is believed there are at least 4,180 troubled families in Birmingham and that this costs the council around £141 million every year, of which up to £45 million could be saved through this scheme.

Birmingham City Council and its partners are already working closely with around 1,600 of these troubled families to help improve their lives.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “By working with these families now we can help future generations so they are far more likely to have better prospects and contribute to society.

“We will also reduce the pressure on hard-pressed public services and save money as budgets continue to be squeezed. With a subsequent reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour it will also make for safer communities.

“As well as making a difference to these families we want to see a long-term change in approach to dealing with troubled families, by intervening before problems escalate thereby reducing the need for intensive support.”

The programme is based on payment by results, with an initial up-front fee, and the remainder paid on set outcomes.

Since the programme was announced an initial group of families (half the target figure) has been identified and assessed. Of these, we are already working closely with 1,603 of these families.

The report is due before cabinet on Monday 20 May.

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