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News - 12 June 2012
Antisocial behaviour: troubled families are not victims
The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has insisted that troubled families are not victims as he championed government plans to break the "cycle of deprivation" costing the state £9bn a year. He said 'these families are ruining their lives, they are ruining their children’s lives and they are ruining their neighbours' lives.'
A payment-by-results scheme to get children off the streets and back into school, reduce youth crime and antisocial behaviour and get adults off benefits and on a path back to work has been agreed by all 152 upper-tier local authorities in England. Pickles said the troubled families programme was not intended to stigmatise people because they are poor but to tackle problems destroying lives.
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