A hardcore of troublemaking families that make up just one per cent of the population is costing Britain a staggering £8 billion a year, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said yesterday.
Unveiling plans to send crack teams in to try to turn around the lives of 120,000 problem households, Mr Pickles revealed they are each costing the state as much as £330,000 a year.
As many as 20 different arms of the state – ranging from police, social services and health agencies – are involved in dealing with the families.
Mr Pickles said that a more coordinated approach, with up to £14,000 in funding targeted at each family, could save the taxpayer huge sums.
Ministers want one dedicated official to turn up at people’s homes to get them out of bed for work, make sure their children go to school or ensure alcoholics or drug addicts go to rehab.