Scheme will aim to turn lives around

SOME of the county’s most troubled families will receive help to get back into work and school under new plans.

Northamptonshire County Council has to submit a list of up to 1,200 families to the Government by April 30 as part of a new £488 million scheme to turn around the lives of the UK’s most troubled families.

As part of the initiative, the county council will operate schemes aimed at getting children back into school, getting parents back into employment and reducing criminal and anti-social behaviour.

The authority will receive some Government funding for the scheme in return for successful outcomes.

Chief executive Dr Paul Blantern met Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street on Wednesday to discuss the initiative.

He said: “We know there are people within our communities who, for whatever reason, don’t fit into our society norms.

“David Cameron specifically addressed the problem he’s had with people saying ‘the people who work hard are not being helped’. But the challenge isn’t going to go away.”