Devon has highest number of "troubled families"
Devon has the highest number of 'troubled' families in the South West, a study has revealed.
The figures have emerged as a new drive to get families with problems into work is to be launched.
The county has 1,370 'troubled' families – the highest number across the region. Bristol has the second highest figure, with 1,355 such families.
The Government has identified 'troubled' families as those who:
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* are involved in youth crime or anti-social behaviour;
* have children who are regularly truanting;
* have an adult on out-of-work benefits;
* cost the public sector large sums in responding to their problems – an estimated average of £75,000 per year.
The aim to get these families back into work is being spearheaded by 150 specialist job advisors.
Working with existing troubled families teams in councils, the employment advisers will give intensive support to whole families and for the first time track the progress made to get them into jobs.
The practical support will include CV writing, job interview skills and highlight training opportunities and job vacancies in the area. They will also put families in contact with local employers.