Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

8,000 Problem Families Are Targeted to Cut Crime Bill ; Councils Paid to Keep Them out of troubleConference Held in City to Tackle Issue

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

8,000 Problem Families Are Targeted to Cut Crime Bill ; Councils Paid to Keep Them out of troubleConference Held in City to Tackle Issue

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THE government says targeting 8,000 problem families in Greater Manchester will help prevent a repeat of the 2011 summer riots - and save the taxpayer money.

S most difficult families was more important than ever in difficult financial times. Kids' charities have said that the number of 'troublesome' families could rise above the government's current estimate of 120,000 across the country because of cuts in areas such as welfare.

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But Ms Casey - in Manchester for a summit on the issue - insisted she could still make a real difference. She said: "This programme can only help in tackling problem families.

"It's about talking to parents and saying if you don't know where your kids are at night then that's a problem. We have to remember that these families are costing a great deal of money that councils can ill afford to spend in times of austerity."

Problem families each cost the state an average of Pounds 74,000 a year in the cost of crime and extra welfare bills, according to government estimates. …

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