David Cameron praises GCC for its work with troubled families
1:01pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
PRIME Minister David Cameron has praised Gloucestershire County Council for its work in turning around the lives of troubled families.
The authority has been offering 322 families support under a new Government scheme, which is designed to save the taxpayer money by cutting truancy rates, helping the unemployed find work and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
So far, the county council has received additional ‘payment-by-results funding’ from the Government for its successes with 27 families.
The results have been hailed by the PM and the minority Conservative administration, which runs the county council, but have been sharply criticised by the opposition Liberal Democrats, who make up the second largest party on GCC.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I am determined that we help people to get on in life including those families where things may be going wrong.
“For some, that starts with attending school every day, staying out of trouble with the police and taking practical steps towards work, just as other families do.
“Every month, more and more of the most troubled families are getting help to deal with these issues head-on in Gloucestershire.”
However, the Lib Dems said the county council’s success rate in helping troubled families fell well below the national average.
Cllr Colin Hay, the Lib Dem leader, said: “This is such a shame that this council, under Tory control, hasn’t managed the level of success as other councils.”