Westminster has come 25th out of 33 London boroughs in terms of turning around the lives of the ‘troubled families” it has worked with and has failed to qualify for extra Government money to continue to help families in need.
Councillor Adam Hug, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“It is extremely disappointing that Westminster Council has not been as successful as most other London local authorities in turning around the lives of our most troubled families.
According to the most recent DCLG data, as of May 2014 Westminster had only been able to turn around the lives of 36% of the families they have worked with. This means Westminster ranks a disappointing 25th out of 33 London boroughs. In comparison, our tri-borough neighbours in Hammersmith and Fulham have been able to turn around the lives 46% of those they have tried to help, while Labour Lambeth is the best performer on 65%.
Westminster’s failure to get phase 2 funding for this vital work is a major missed opportunity for those families most in need of the council’s help. Westminster must make this programme a political priority, ensuring that it has other funds available to continue and improve the scheme, so that it can be eligible for DCLG support again as soon as possible.”