Tory Conference told about troubled families

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, October 13, 2012


EFFORTS to improve the lives of 'troubled families’ on the Island were heard this week at the Conservative conference.

Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr David Pugh spoke about the 315 families receiving help from the authority, as part of a national drive to tackle long-term unemployment, truancy and anti-social behaviour.

He told the conference: "Our particular focus is on getting the Island moving — creating job and training opportunities for local young people and tackling the culture of worklessness that sadly exists among a small minority of our population.

"The vast majority of our households are strivers — our challenge now is to instil the same mindset among the hard-to-reach groups, and the identified 'troubled families’ are certainly in that category.

"Despite the Island having a proud history of innovation and industry, too many of our young people and families are demotivated and lacking the skills and ambition to succeed.

"We have some great businesses and some highly talented people, but this currently doesn’t stretch widely enough."

The scheme, called 'strengthening families’ on the Island, includes providing families with a key worker to help them address their problems.



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by Dave Dawson

15th October 2012, at 19:46:25

Oh dear, yet another comment deleted by the County Press. Why are you afraid of the truth? Surely if you have a section inviting comment you should allow comment, especially when the comments are factual and posted because people are passionate about this beautiful island unlike the leader of the council and his cronies.
The future of the council will be decide next may and you could be dancing to a different tune then.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

13th October 2012, at 17:34:57

Pugh is interested in one thing before he is fired...implementin total tory ideology so he can slip into a Westminster Job...the man is not qualified to even talk about the problems on this Island, let alone do the job of running a council.

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by Dave Dawson

13th October 2012, at 16:06:58

Clearly my first post hit a nerve and the County Press exercised their own brand of censorship to protect David Pugh. WHY?

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by peter williams

13th October 2012, at 14:20:20

it would seem the more antisocial a family is the more money is poured into a hopeless exercise to change their ways yet across the island many are struggling with day to day living, high fuel costs, which neither the council or our beloved mp are trying to help by getting the islands fuel subsidy enjoyed by other islands, extortionate bus fares coupled with non existent services to any area southern vectis can't make a profit on, utterly ridiculous ferry fares and the gradual withdrawal of services such as police.

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by Colin Russell

13th October 2012, at 13:58:54

Well said Mr Dawson, when the voting time comes around Pugh will be shown how important he is.and his cronies are, Its people for the island we need to help this island not for themselfs.

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