Somerset project helps 580 troubled families

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Image caption The troubled families project is aimed at helping families in crisis affected by issue like truancy and crime

More families in Somerset are set to get support and help with an additional £475,000 grant from the government.

The Troubled Families Programme is aimed at those affected by offending or anti-social behaviour and school exclusions or truancy.

Somerset County Council has been given the grant for helping more than 40% of families within two years.

The council has identified 870 families who need help and so far 580 families have been supported.

Cabinet member Frances Nicholson said: "The 'success money' will help us widen our programme even further and help many more families into healthier, happier more fulfilled lives.

"Plus each family where we help to break a cycle of dependence on public services saves the public sector a huge amount of money."

So far the local authority has received a total of £1.6m in grants, although no set-up money was handed out when the scheme began in 2011 across the country.

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