Programme exceeds goal

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A programme supporting troubled families in Hampshire has exceeded its targets.

The county council-run scheme has been so successful in the first phase that it has started the second phase three months ahead of schedule.

In phase one, Hampshire identified and engaged with 2,000 families – over 400 more than the target to be achieved by April.

Through better co-ordination, tailored early help and a ‘family-led’ approach, a total of 1,590 Hampshire families have seen improvements so far, including reduced levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, improved school attendance and adults in training or permanent employment.

Of these, adults in 350 families have moved into work and are no longer receiving benefits.