Published: 20th Dec 2011

Regular readers will know that I have written before on the work we are leading in Salford on complex families, or, as the government now calls them, ‘troubled families’. This work has caught the attention of several ministers, and the recent announcement by the prime minister recognises that councils have been working with these families already – since long before the summer riots – and have led the way on co-ordinating support so that families only have to deal with a single case worker rather than 28 different agencies. The government has pledged 40% of the cost of tackling these families. The problem here is councils cannot afford the other 60% of the cost on their own and at a time when we have been asked to make massive budget cuts, and while this money is welcome there are serious issues in relation to the impact of the cuts on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)