Hundreds more 'troubled' families in Bradford to get help to turn lives around

Councillor Ralph Berry

Councillor Ralph Berry

First published in News by

NINE hundred more ‘troubled families’ will be targeted in Bradford after David Cameron hailed an existing project a “success”.

The Council is among 51 local authorities picked to spearhead an expansion of the scheme to turn around the lives of problem households.

At present, the programme helps the poor and low-skilled, in particular people in poor quality housing, with long-standing disabilities or mental health problems.

Now the expansion will see case workers also work intensively where there are problems of domestic violence, debt and children at risk of being taken into care.

Bradford will help lead the expansion after reporting that 1,086 of 1,760 troubled families in the city had already had their lives “turned around”.

The Prime Minister said the scheme was “tackling the underlying problems” - instead of simply sending in police, or social workers.

And he said: “Some people said it wouldn’t work, that we couldn’t create an intervention that would help turn these families around - but the results are clear.

“More children going to school, fewer crimes, less anti-social behaviour and more than 53,000 of these troubled families turned around. There is no doubt that this programme is a success.”

However, according to the latest figures, only 22 of those 1,086 “turned around” families in Bradford have someone in a steady job.

Such low success rates have prompted criticism that it is too easy for families to be described as rescued, even when there are still big problems.

The National Audit Office (NAO) warned the scheme is “underperforming”, pointing to “poor co-ordination” after it was quickly put into place following the 2011 riots.

And it pointed out that a family can be counted as being “turned around” if it shows improvement in just one of seven areas.

Councils are paid up to £4,000 for each family they help. At the start, 80 per cent - or £3,200 – was paid upfront, reducing to 40 per cent in 2014/15.

But the Government said 300 specialist ‘employment advisers’ will now work with young people at risk of joblessness, in the 51 areas.

Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford’s executive member for children, said: “We will be working with an additional 900 families over the next five years.

“We focus on trying to get families off benefits and either into training or work; to improve children's attendance at school and prevent them from being excluded; and to reduce anti-social behaviour.

“Our teams work with the family as a whole, rather than on the problems of individuals, building up trust to make step-by-step changes.”

The expansion was announced in a “families” speech, in which Mr Cameron also announced a trial of age ratings for online music videos, to protect children.

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8:18am Tue 19 Aug 14

johnh1 says...

Again!!!
Again!!! johnh1
  • Score: 20

12:27pm Tue 19 Aug 14

allannicho says...

Just cut down on the handouts!
Just cut down on the handouts! allannicho
  • Score: 16

3:15pm Tue 19 Aug 14

CJones101 says...

Excellent news - I'm a member of a troubled family , troubled by the thought of more of my hard earned tax be thrown at idiots who refuse to think, who refuse to understand that the state doesn't woe them a thing, refuse to accept the real value of free education, health care and services. I'm really troubled by the ' where's me money' generation when referring to JSA or the 'I'm just chillin innit' brigade who think its optional to work during life, indeed the whole 'letting life happen upon me' attitude that some have ; causes me much stress for which I would like to claim some of this money in compensation,

I'm prepared to work for it though - I'll start shouting at members of my family and everyone I meet all the time, using words with only one syllabub , I'll wear trackies every day, and stink of cheap aftershave as an attempt to cover the fact that I've not washed nor bathed in months, I'm even prepared to eat cr@p fast food all the time - nipping to farmfoods and filling a trolley with boxes of frozen processed expensive rubbish (whilst ensuring I've put the potato peeler in the bin). I'll eat sweets all day long so that I get a constant sugar rush to make it look like I've ADHD. I'll rename my children 'Britney' and 'Kyle' pronounced 'BRIT-ney', 'Kigh-al'. I'll get a staffy. I'll ensure I've some 'work on knock' too.
I'll spend more money of Vrigin and TV than on the partly decorated house - which I'll furnish with oodles of junk from B&M.

So as you can see - I'm prepared to put work in for me money - how do I sign up

Yours A Taxpayer
Excellent news - I'm a member of a troubled family , troubled by the thought of more of my hard earned tax be thrown at idiots who refuse to think, who refuse to understand that the state doesn't woe them a thing, refuse to accept the real value of free education, health care and services. I'm really troubled by the ' where's me money' generation when referring to JSA or the 'I'm just chillin innit' brigade who think its optional to work during life, indeed the whole 'letting life happen upon me' attitude that some have ; causes me much stress for which I would like to claim some of this money in compensation, I'm prepared to work for it though - I'll start shouting at members of my family and everyone I meet all the time, using words with only one syllabub , I'll wear trackies every day, and stink of cheap aftershave as an attempt to cover the fact that I've not washed nor bathed in months, I'm even prepared to eat cr@p fast food all the time - nipping to farmfoods and filling a trolley with boxes of frozen processed expensive rubbish (whilst ensuring I've put the potato peeler in the bin). I'll eat sweets all day long so that I get a constant sugar rush to make it look like I've ADHD. I'll rename my children 'Britney' and 'Kyle' pronounced 'BRIT-ney', 'Kigh-al'. I'll get a staffy. I'll ensure I've some 'work on knock' too. I'll spend more money of Vrigin and TV than on the partly decorated house - which I'll furnish with oodles of junk from B&M. So as you can see - I'm prepared to put work in for me money - how do I sign up Yours A Taxpayer CJones101
  • Score: 31

3:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

johnh1 says...

CJones101 wrote:
Excellent news - I'm a member of a troubled family , troubled by the thought of more of my hard earned tax be thrown at idiots who refuse to think, who refuse to understand that the state doesn't woe them a thing, refuse to accept the real value of free education, health care and services. I'm really troubled by the ' where's me money' generation when referring to JSA or the 'I'm just chillin innit' brigade who think its optional to work during life, indeed the whole 'letting life happen upon me' attitude that some have ; causes me much stress for which I would like to claim some of this money in compensation,

I'm prepared to work for it though - I'll start shouting at members of my family and everyone I meet all the time, using words with only one syllabub , I'll wear trackies every day, and stink of cheap aftershave as an attempt to cover the fact that I've not washed nor bathed in months, I'm even prepared to eat cr@p fast food all the time - nipping to farmfoods and filling a trolley with boxes of frozen processed expensive rubbish (whilst ensuring I've put the potato peeler in the bin). I'll eat sweets all day long so that I get a constant sugar rush to make it look like I've ADHD. I'll rename my children 'Britney' and 'Kyle' pronounced 'BRIT-ney', 'Kigh-al'. I'll get a staffy. I'll ensure I've some 'work on knock' too.
I'll spend more money of Vrigin and TV than on the partly decorated house - which I'll furnish with oodles of junk from B&M.

So as you can see - I'm prepared to put work in for me money - how do I sign up

Yours A Taxpayer
Now thats what I would call steryotype if I could spell it.
[quote][p][bold]CJones101[/bold] wrote: Excellent news - I'm a member of a troubled family , troubled by the thought of more of my hard earned tax be thrown at idiots who refuse to think, who refuse to understand that the state doesn't woe them a thing, refuse to accept the real value of free education, health care and services. I'm really troubled by the ' where's me money' generation when referring to JSA or the 'I'm just chillin innit' brigade who think its optional to work during life, indeed the whole 'letting life happen upon me' attitude that some have ; causes me much stress for which I would like to claim some of this money in compensation, I'm prepared to work for it though - I'll start shouting at members of my family and everyone I meet all the time, using words with only one syllabub , I'll wear trackies every day, and stink of cheap aftershave as an attempt to cover the fact that I've not washed nor bathed in months, I'm even prepared to eat cr@p fast food all the time - nipping to farmfoods and filling a trolley with boxes of frozen processed expensive rubbish (whilst ensuring I've put the potato peeler in the bin). I'll eat sweets all day long so that I get a constant sugar rush to make it look like I've ADHD. I'll rename my children 'Britney' and 'Kyle' pronounced 'BRIT-ney', 'Kigh-al'. I'll get a staffy. I'll ensure I've some 'work on knock' too. I'll spend more money of Vrigin and TV than on the partly decorated house - which I'll furnish with oodles of junk from B&M. So as you can see - I'm prepared to put work in for me money - how do I sign up Yours A Taxpayer[/p][/quote]Now thats what I would call steryotype if I could spell it. johnh1
  • Score: 13

3:28pm Tue 19 Aug 14

CJones101 says...

johnh1 wrote:
CJones101 wrote:
Excellent news - I'm a member of a troubled family , troubled by the thought of more of my hard earned tax be thrown at idiots who refuse to think, who refuse to understand that the state doesn't woe them a thing, refuse to accept the real value of free education, health care and services. I'm really troubled by the ' where's me money' generation when referring to JSA or the 'I'm just chillin innit' brigade who think its optional to work during life, indeed the whole 'letting life happen upon me' attitude that some have ; causes me much stress for which I would like to claim some of this money in compensation,

I'm prepared to work for it though - I'll start shouting at members of my family and everyone I meet all the time, using words with only one syllabub , I'll wear trackies every day, and stink of cheap aftershave as an attempt to cover the fact that I've not washed nor bathed in months, I'm even prepared to eat cr@p fast food all the time - nipping to farmfoods and filling a trolley with boxes of frozen processed expensive rubbish (whilst ensuring I've put the potato peeler in the bin). I'll eat sweets all day long so that I get a constant sugar rush to make it look like I've ADHD. I'll rename my children 'Britney' and 'Kyle' pronounced 'BRIT-ney', 'Kigh-al'. I'll get a staffy. I'll ensure I've some 'work on knock' too.
I'll spend more money of Vrigin and TV than on the partly decorated house - which I'll furnish with oodles of junk from B&M.

So as you can see - I'm prepared to put work in for me money - how do I sign up

Yours A Taxpayer
Now thats what I would call steryotype if I could spell it.
Stereotyping - refers to the use of two hands on the keyboard at the same time !
[quote][p][bold]johnh1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJones101[/bold] wrote: Excellent news - I'm a member of a troubled family , troubled by the thought of more of my hard earned tax be thrown at idiots who refuse to think, who refuse to understand that the state doesn't woe them a thing, refuse to accept the real value of free education, health care and services. I'm really troubled by the ' where's me money' generation when referring to JSA or the 'I'm just chillin innit' brigade who think its optional to work during life, indeed the whole 'letting life happen upon me' attitude that some have ; causes me much stress for which I would like to claim some of this money in compensation, I'm prepared to work for it though - I'll start shouting at members of my family and everyone I meet all the time, using words with only one syllabub , I'll wear trackies every day, and stink of cheap aftershave as an attempt to cover the fact that I've not washed nor bathed in months, I'm even prepared to eat cr@p fast food all the time - nipping to farmfoods and filling a trolley with boxes of frozen processed expensive rubbish (whilst ensuring I've put the potato peeler in the bin). I'll eat sweets all day long so that I get a constant sugar rush to make it look like I've ADHD. I'll rename my children 'Britney' and 'Kyle' pronounced 'BRIT-ney', 'Kigh-al'. I'll get a staffy. I'll ensure I've some 'work on knock' too. I'll spend more money of Vrigin and TV than on the partly decorated house - which I'll furnish with oodles of junk from B&M. So as you can see - I'm prepared to put work in for me money - how do I sign up Yours A Taxpayer[/p][/quote]Now thats what I would call steryotype if I could spell it.[/p][/quote]Stereotyping - refers to the use of two hands on the keyboard at the same time ! CJones101
  • Score: 14

4:11pm Tue 19 Aug 14

philosospher says...

The 'trouble' I keep having, as someone who has been made redundant three times during his 42 years of work, and still found another job, and saved for a pension which New Labour then plundered and de-valued, is -- with the cosmically-enormous sums being thrown at every public issue regarded worthy of expenditure, how is it still possible for school-leavers to finish school so poorly-qualified for the work place? How is it possible for families to be so poorly-qualified to manage their lives in a responsible and socially productive manner? What actually happens (or doesn't happen) in the various expensive agencies of state education and social support which produces, nationwide, so many families and individuals apparently lacking in any sense of personal direction, ambition and self-respect? One is drawn reluctantly to the unpleasant conclusion that a huge part of the public sector is a self-perpetuating, funding-guzzling monster which maintains this grisly status-quo simply to ensure its own growth.
The 'trouble' I keep having, as someone who has been made redundant three times during his 42 years of work, and still found another job, and saved for a pension which New Labour then plundered and de-valued, is -- with the cosmically-enormous sums being thrown at every public issue regarded worthy of expenditure, how is it still possible for school-leavers to finish school so poorly-qualified for the work place? How is it possible for families to be so poorly-qualified to manage their lives in a responsible and socially productive manner? What actually happens (or doesn't happen) in the various expensive agencies of state education and social support which produces, nationwide, so many families and individuals apparently lacking in any sense of personal direction, ambition and self-respect? One is drawn reluctantly to the unpleasant conclusion that a huge part of the public sector is a self-perpetuating, funding-guzzling monster which maintains this grisly status-quo simply to ensure its own growth. philosospher
  • Score: 19

6:15pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

What are the chances these 'wonderful' families were based in Fagley, Holmewood, Butterhshaw, Eccleshill, Idle, Ravenscliffe (or any other BNP/EDL hell-holes)?

What are the chances ?
What are the chances these 'wonderful' families were based in Fagley, Holmewood, Butterhshaw, Eccleshill, Idle, Ravenscliffe (or any other BNP/EDL hell-holes)? What are the chances ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -4

8:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Time to stop the feckless breeders fecklessly breeding.

Eugenics anyone?
Time to stop the feckless breeders fecklessly breeding. Eugenics anyone? Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 5

9:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Soapboxcity says...

Spending some of the money on sterilisation would be a start!
Spending some of the money on sterilisation would be a start! Soapboxcity
  • Score: 7

9:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

BD16 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
What are the chances these 'wonderful' families were based in Fagley, Holmewood, Butterhshaw, Eccleshill, Idle, Ravenscliffe (or any other BNP/EDL hell-holes)?

What are the chances ?
At the risk of the thread being derailed: I don't think anybody's pretending that the "indigenous" population is perfect, stories like this illustrate that we acknowledge that all's not well. The thing is, even when you have problems with the "immigrant" population explained in clear, simple, terms you bury your head in the sand and play the Islamaphobe card. The sooner we all acknowledge we have issues the sooner we can all work toward a better society.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: What are the chances these 'wonderful' families were based in Fagley, Holmewood, Butterhshaw, Eccleshill, Idle, Ravenscliffe (or any other BNP/EDL hell-holes)? What are the chances ?[/p][/quote]At the risk of the thread being derailed: I don't think anybody's pretending that the "indigenous" population is perfect, stories like this illustrate that we acknowledge that all's not well. The thing is, even when you have problems with the "immigrant" population explained in clear, simple, terms you bury your head in the sand and play the Islamaphobe card. The sooner we all acknowledge we have issues the sooner we can all work toward a better society. BD16
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Tue 19 Aug 14

micela22 says...

stop their benefits, if you don`t behave you don`t receive, if they worked they`d soon comply & have less time to be a nuisance, the rest of us work, pay tax, see it spent on things it initially wasn`t intended to be spent on & are too worn out to complain
stop their benefits, if you don`t behave you don`t receive, if they worked they`d soon comply & have less time to be a nuisance, the rest of us work, pay tax, see it spent on things it initially wasn`t intended to be spent on & are too worn out to complain micela22
  • Score: 4

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