Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Ex-education boss in as troubled families troubleshooter

FORMER Thurrock Council education boss, Robert McCulloch-Graham has been brought in by communities boss, Eric Pickles tackle “troubled” families in Thurrock and the rest of the country.

Thurrock as well as many other councils has agreed to run the Government’s Troubled Families programme.

The plan is to turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families in the next three years in the UK.

Councils have welcomed the payment by results model launched in March 2012 to get children off the streets and back into school; reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour; and put adults on a path back to work.

Mr Pickles said:

“It is great news that every upper-tier authority has agreed to run this programme in their area. The fast and unanimous level of take-up shows that the Government has got the confidence of local councils that together we can tackle a problem that councils have long grappled with. We cannot go on spending so much taxpayers’ money on such a small amount of families without turning their lives around once and for all. This programme is a unique opportunity to do so and I am delighted that every council has opted in.

“We now have an opportunity to offer real and lasting change for these families and the communities around them. Everyone will benefit from getting kids off the streets and into school; getting parents off benefits and into work; and cutting youth crime and anti-social behaviour. But it is also right that we will only pay councils in full if they deliver the results that we require.”

It is estimated that these families put a £9 billion drain on public spending, amounting to £75,000 per family per year, with £8 billion of this spent on reacting to, rather than getting to the root causes of their problems.

The Government’s £448 million three-year budget is drawn from across seven departments in a bid to join up local services dealing with these families on the frontline.

The Troubled Families Team and the Department for Communities and Local Government will be joined on secondment by Robert McCulloch-Graham who is currently the Director of Children’s Services at the London Borough of Barnet.

Robert will be starting at the Department on 18 June 2012 and will bring with him experience of working on early intervention for troubled families across Barnet.

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