‘Progress made’ with troubled families

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A TOP councillor has defended the county council’s progress with so-called troubled families.

It comes as Hampshire County Council found 585 families in Fareham, Gosport, Havant and east Hampshire that the government classifies as ‘troubled’. It has helped 24 per cent of them improve.

It is part of a government scheme tackling unemployment, truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Keith Mans is the executive lead member for children’s services and said: ‘We’ve continued the good progress made in Hampshire.

‘Just last month, Ofsted inspectors said our programme is well-targeted, well-structured and responsive to the needs of families and that early signs showed it is making a real difference for many families which leads to improved outcomes.’

He added the council has met the Department for Communities and Local Government’s target and that families have complex problems.

As reported, Portsmouth City Council has helped 21 per cent of its target.