More than 70 councils have joined the families with complex needs community budget pilot programme, according to the Local Government Association.
A full list is expected to be published by ministers in the coming days, the LGA’s Local Leadership said.
As exclusively revealed by LGC last week, the programme will be taken forward by a special Department for Communities & Local Government unit as part of the government’s response to last month’s riots.
The unit - expected to be headed by Louise Casey, who led the previous government’s agenda on community policing - will lead on David Cameron’s pledge to deal with “problem families”.
Its creation marks a clear separation between the projects and other planned post-Total Place work which was expected to be advanced with the publication of a prospectus outlining how the neighbourhood or single budget pilots would operate this week.
However, a Department for Communities & Local Government source said it was unlikely this would appear until after next month’s Conservative party conference.
LGC understands the LGA is lobbying for more than just two areas to take part in so-called whole area model, which will pilot “develop an operational plan to develop how a single budget for a place can be achieved”, as announced by ministers.