One ‘problem family’ costs £250,000 a year

Problem families whose members commit crime, live on benefits and have poor health cost the state £250,000 a year each, research for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit has found.

Officials working on the government’s Social Exclusion Action Plan say the figure is a realistic assessment of how much it costs to deal with a family living in deprivation who are responsible for antisocial behaviour.

The £250,000 figure includes NHS treatment, money spent prosecuting and punishing law-breakers, social security benefits, call-outs by emergency services, damage in their neighbourhood and the cost of keeping a young person in care or a secure unit.

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