A controversial new project has been hatched by the government that could see CCTV monitoring in the homes of bad behaving families. The big brother plan could mean up to 20,000 homes could be monitored as part of a Family Intervention Project.
Ed Balls the British governments Children’s Secretary set out the £400 million plan to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes. The idea of the CCTV is to monitor children to ensure that they attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.
Government officials intend to target 20,000 families in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 and £20,000 leading a bill of £400million. The plans go further than CCTV they also include private security guards employed on home checks and funding to combat drug and alcohol addiction.
The aim of the project is to reduce the number of youngsters who get drawn into crime because of their chaotic family lives ‘Sin bin’ projects operate in half of council areas already but Mr Balls wants every local authority to fund them.
The decision to give ministers new powers to intervene with failing local authority Youth Offending Teams was criticised by council leaders.
In other news relating to government housing, John Healey, the Housing Minister, estimated that up to 200,000 council tenants nationwide are sub-letting their homes illegally, with many fraudulently claiming housing benefit at the same time and costing taxpayers tens of millions of pounds.