Town halls have succeeded in turning around the lives of 14,000 of England's most troubled families, Eric Pickles has said.
The Communities and Local Government Secretary said latest figures showed local authorities were working with 50,000 families to reduce youth crime and truancy or help get adults back on the path to work - up from 35,000 in March.
Another 30,000 had been identified as being in need of the intense assistance.
It follows the Prime Minister's pledge to allocate £448 million to turn around the lives of the UK's 120,000 most troubled families, following the 2011 riots which swept London and other English cities.
"I am determined that we help people to get on in life including those families where things may be going wrong," David Cameron said.
"For some, that starts with attending school every day, staying out of trouble with the police and taking practical steps towards work, just as other families do.
"Every month, more and more of the most troubled families are getting help to deal with these issues head-on. That is good for those families, their community and our country as a whole."
Councils are paid up to £4,000 for "turning around" troubled families.
Several measures must be met to receive the cash, including if children attend classes, adults are taken off benefits and the cost to public services is reduced.
The latest figures were revealed by all 152 upper tier local authorities in England.
Mr Pickles said: "These figures show that our no-nonsense and common sense approach is changing these families for the better and benefiting the whole community.
"Considering the often long-standing and deep-seated nature of these families' problems, it is a huge achievement to have turned so many around in such a short space of time.
"And instead of several costly services working with the same family but failing to solve the underlying problems, this approach is both more effective for the family and cheaper too."
Louise Casey CB, head of the Troubled Families programme, said: "Councils deserve credit for taking up the challenge of the Troubled Families programme and achieving results so quickly.
"By dealing with all the family members and all of their problems in a tough and intensive way we are finally getting to grips with problems which may have persisted for generations, giving hope to people who have often been failed in the past and relief for the communities that suffered the effects of their behaviour."
Mr Pickles dismissed a suggestion that the scheme was about rewarding people who behave badly.
He told ITV1's Daybreak programme: "Not really, this is about trying to break a cycle of deprivation that's crossed generations."
He added: "We have to do something about this, because these families are a great drain on the nation, they cost us £9 billion a year, £8 billion of which is just reacting to them."
He said local authorities looked at the most difficult families.
"It's very straightforward really, it's about getting children back into school, it's about getting people off the sofa of despair and into work, and it's cutting down the amount of anti-social behaviour that family is committing, because often we have seen on larger estates these families can be quite a nuisance."