Money to help out 'troubled' families welcomed by council
A NEW government initiative aimed at turning around the lives of 'troubled' families has been welcomed by Tamworth Borough Council.
A total of £448 million is being made available to help councils across the UK tackle problems faced by those families, including anti-social behaviour, truancy and youth crime.
Officials said Tamworth had already been "leading the way" with a similar scheme since 2011 when the Community Safety Hub opened at Tamworth Police Station.
The hub brings organisations together to keep people safe, including the police and the council.
The next step will be to develop greater integration with other services. More than £4.6 million is being made available to Staffordshire County Council, which will work in partnership with Tamworth council to help transform the lives of those fitting into the 'troubled' criteria.
Cllr Jeremy Oates, cabinet member for community development, said: "Once again, Tamworth Borough Council is leading the way.
"This new programme will allow us to build on and extend the work we are already doing and take it to another level.
"We want to take an enabling role, helping families with problems to take control of their own lives. We want to have a hand in turning the lives of families around."