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Could PM find himself in pickle?

By Tom Moseley

Published 13/06/2012

Yesterday's pledge to throw money at 120,000 'troubled families' is unlikely to have an impact across the Irish sea.

Communities chief Eric Pickles says the households cost taxpayers £9bn a year in benefits, crime and social services.

As the £448m scheme is being funded by cuts to other budgets, there will be no corresponding increase in funding for the devolved nations.

Whether the Prime Minister will have come to Mr Pickles' attention after leaving his daughter in the pub is another matter.

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