COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles says he is delighted the Government's Troubled Families programme will continue across Yorkshire, including in Bradford and Calderdale.

The programme aims to turn around the lives of problem households after initial success in Bradford and now 900 more 'troubled families' will be targeted in the Bradford district under the scheme.

As reported in the T&A yesterday, six authorities in Yorkshire, including Bradford and Calderdale, which are among the best performing areas in the country, will begin the additional work this year.

Mr Pickles, former leader of Bradford Council, said: "Because Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Calderdale, Wakefield and North Yorkshire have made so much progress in the past two years, they are now able to work with even more families and help younger children get a better start in life.

"I am delighted that that work will now begin in these six authorities in the next few months they are all among the 50 best performing areas in the country.

“The Troubled Families programme has turned around the lives of hundreds of families in the Yorkshire and Humber region since 2012."