Shameless families like the Gallaghers are costing taxpayers' too much money. Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles has vowed to target unruly households which, he claims, are costing the state up to £300,000 each per year. That's around £8bn a year based on around 120,000 families. A spread of state agencies - social services, police, the NHS - deal with problem UK families. But Pickles wants a more targeted approach.