Troubled families programme likely to miss targets

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The government's troubled families programme is likely to miss its target to 'turn around' 120,000  so-called troubled families, the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee argues in a new report.

According to Children and Young People Now, the programme has so far 'turned around' 22,000 families, leaving the programme significantly adrift of its target.

Last year our director Richard Garside highlighted problems with the government's definition of a family being 'turned around' and concluded that the programme was a 'cruel hoax'.

Children and Young People Now also highlight problems with the separate 'Families with Multiple Problems' programme, which had only got 720 people into sustained employment – about four per cent of expected performance – by September 2013.

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