Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Scheme to Help Troubled Families to Be Extended ; Successful Trailblazing Programme Could Be Doubled

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Scheme to Help Troubled Families to Be Extended ; Successful Trailblazing Programme Could Be Doubled

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GREATER Manchester's trailblazing 'troubled families' programme could be doubled in size - to include all those 'at risk' of getting into difficulty.

Since 2011's riots hundreds of the region's most 'challenging' families - often facing a combination of unemployment, crime and addiction - have been 'turned round' by bringing together the services they use to focus on their problems.

Now Greater Manchester councils and ministers are considering trialling a second stage of the project which would extend the approach to those in danger of getting into trouble. That would mean the current programme doubling in size to take in around 8,000 Manchester families.

Instead of just the most extreme examples of costly, state- dependent families, it would start to include those with broader problems around joblessness, poverty and poor health.

Coun Paul Andrews, executive member for adult health and wellbeing at Manchester council, said the programme was 'by no means a quick fix', but added: "Having said that, we're very pleased with the success we've had so far in making a significant impact on helping families with complex issues turn their lives around. …

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