ABOUT £4m could be on the way to Kirklees – to help more than 1,000 “troubled” families.
The new figures came as the government announced plans to radically change the lives of the country’s most troubled families.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that nearly £450m has been made available to transform the lives of 120,000 UK families.
Within Kirklees 1,115 families were identified as troubled, compared to 475 in Calderdale and 930 within Wakefield.
The total figure for families in West Yorkshire was estimated as 6,470.
The report found that “troubled families” cost the tax payer an estimated £9billion per year, which is the equivalent to £75,000 per family.
This is spent on protecting the children in these families and responding to the crime and anti-social behaviour they perpetrate.
The costs are exemplified by the fact that children who live in troubled families are 36 times more likely to be excluded from school and six times more likely to have been in care or to have contact with the police.
The Government has outlined the how success will be measured with the following criteria:
l Children back into school;
l Reduce their criminal and anti-social behaviour;
l Parents on the road back to work, and
l Reduce the costs to the taxpayer and local authorities.
The new programme will also fund a national network of Troubled Family Trouble Shooters, who will be appointed by local councils.
They will oversee the programme of action in the area and make sure the right families are getting the right help.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “120, 000 families are a big problem for this country.
If you live near one you know very well who they are.
“And local services like police, health and schools also know who they are, because they spend a disproportionate amount of time and money dealing with them.
“These families are both troubled and causing trouble.”
Troubled families are defined by a series of criteria. These include:
l Nobody in the family is in work.
l Living in overcrowded housing.
l No parent has any qualifications.
l Mother has mental health problems.