Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One in Five of PM's 'Problem Families' Lives in the Capital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One in Five of PM's 'Problem Families' Lives in the Capital

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Byline: Craig Woodhouse Political Reporter

LONDON is home to more than 21,600 "troubled families" who have been pledged help by David Cameron, the Standard can reveal today.

Almost one in five of the country's 120,000 most dysfunctional families identified by the Government lives in London.

Troubleshooters are being sent in to help transform their "broken and shattered lives" under a [pounds sterling]448million scheme unveiled by the Prime Minister yesterday.

Tower Hamlets is the borough most affected, with 1,120 troubled families, followed by Southwark with 1,085, Lambeth with 1,080 and Hackney with 1,000. In contrast just 190 live in Richmond, followed by 225 in Kingston and 320 in Sutton.

Families must fulfil five of seven criteria to be classified as troubled: no one is in work; the family's income is low; it has poor accommodation; no one has a qualification; the mother has mental-health problems; a parent has a long-term illness or disability; the family cannot afford all the food and clothing it needs. …

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