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Announcement: of providers for turning around troubled families

Announcement: of providers for turning around troubled families

A £200 million package to help turn around the lives of Britain’s most troubled families was unveiled by employment minister Chris Grayling.

The outreach programme will be delivered by a mixture of public, private and voluntary organisations which will be paid by results.

The Focus

Focusing on households with at least one member on benefits, the scheme will complement work by local authorities to help the 120,000 most dysfunctional households in the country.

The initiative is based on the same principles as the payment-by-results Work Programme and is designed to help people acquire the skills to and stay in work.

It will also assist with family and parenting issues, money management, alcohol and drug abuse and housing problems.

Eight welfare-to-work companies have been appointed by Mr Grayling to work with councils and more than 200 local organisations, most of which are voluntary or charitable groups.

It will be funded out of money from the European Social Fund.


Companies running the schemes will be able to claim up to 40 per cent of their contracts in “attachment fees” once an individual has signed up and agreed to an “action plan”.

Providers will be paid in three stages – when a member of a ‘troubled’ family signs up to a personal action plan, when the plan is completed, and finally when the individual has moved into employment. In total, a three-year contract will be worth up to £15,000 per family.

Successful providers are;

Companies delivering support are:

  • Working Links
  • The Wise Group
  • G4S Care and Justice Service
  • Reed in Partnership
  • Skill Training UK
  • PARAGON Concord International
  • EOS
  • Twin Training International Ltd

More details here

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