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Bank charges: Councils can save billions of pounds turning around troubled households

Councils in the UK may be able to save billions of pounds through intervening and helping out troubled households, a new report from the Department for Communities and Local Government has revealed.

Published by local government secretary Eric Pickles, The Cost of Troubled Families shows that 120,000 troubled families across the UK cost the taxpayer around £9 billion every year, with the lion's share spent reacting to problems including truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

The report suggests that intervention could be the answer, and the government has set aside £448 million from six departments to turn these households around by 2015, which could save vast amounts of cash in the long run.

"The prize here is potentially huge, both in terms of reducing the financial cost on the public purse and the human costs on families and communities. The savings we can make for the taxpayer would far outweigh the extra money we are putting in," said Mr Pickles.

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