£1.3bn troubled families scheme has had ‘no discernible impact’

10 Aug

Benefit tales

Senior civil servant describes unpublished Whitehall report into efforts to tackle entrenched social problems as damning.

This article titled “£1.3bn troubled families scheme has had ‘no discernible impact’” was written by Lisa O’Carroll, for The Guardian on Monday 8th August 2016 17.08 UTC

The £1.3bn government “troubled families” scheme to tackle entrenched social problems following the riots in 2011 has had no discernible impact on unemployment, truancy or criminality, an unpublished Whitehall report has found.

The official evaluation of the programme launched by David Cameron has not been published because it would be embarrassing to ministers, it has been claimed.

A senior civil servant, interviewed for an investigation by BBC’s Newsnight, described the report by independent consultancy Ecorys as damning.

The initial troubled families scheme, launched by Cameron in 2012, sought to “turn around the lives of the 120,000 most troubled households in the country” at a cost of about…

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