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Pickles pledges 'tough love' on problem homes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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Some 3,750 of Devon and Cornwall's most troubled families face "very tough love" over turning their lives around, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has warned.

The Conservative Cabinet Minister promised activists at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham that moves to tackle problem households would not be a soft option with social workers "feeling their pain or respecting their 'lifestyle choices'."

He argued that these families had previously been let down by a "cosy centre-left consensus" which had seen them as "too difficult" to deal with".

But an intervention scheme launched by the Government would tackle the issue "head- on" and help improve their lives Mr Pickles told the conference.

Troubled households are estimated to cost the taxpayer £75,000 every year in terms of child protection, and dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour.

Government research shows in Devon and Cornwall alone there are 3,750 problem families landing the public purse with a potential bill of nearly £281 million.

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  • josdave  |  October 09 2012, 11:40AM

    Those troubled families (or "neighbours from hell") should be evicted and not rehoused. By rehousing them they(the council) are just moving the problem to another neighbourhood and blighting another set of residents. They should be regarded as having made themselves homeless. If a few councils started doing this it might act as some sort of deterrent to other families who think they can do as they like regardless.

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