Gloria De Piero MP, Labour's Shadow Home Office Minister, responding to David Cameron's 'troubled families' speech today, said:
"We welcome the Prime Minister's support for Labour’s Family Intervention Projects, and his recognition that good work is being done on the ground to help families.
"However, we have a number of concerns about the feasibility of the Prime Minister's promises. Firstly expecting cash-strapped local authorities to provide 60% of the funding for new projects seems unrealistic when ring-fences have been removed and local services are already being closed down.
"Second, we think support for families should be consistent across the country to prevent multiple problems occurring in the first place. Cutting the Early Intervention Grant by 20 per cent, which covers things like childcare and mental health, could make things worse.
"Finally communities sometimes need tough tools and robust action. The Government’s commitment to scrapping ASBOs will weaken community tools to tackle anti-social behaviour."