Welcome for parliamentary inquiry into Troubled Families

Monday, 19 September 2016

The announcement by the influential  House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of an inquiry into the Troubled Families Programme has been welcomed by the Centre.

The announcement follows media reports that an independent evaluation concluded that the programme has had 'no discernible' effect on unemployment, truancy or law-breaking.

The Centre sent to the PAC the publication The Troubled Families Programme:the perfect social policy? authored by academic Stephen Crossley and published by the Centre in November 2015. In the publication, Stephen argued that there was little evidence to support the Troubled Families Programme claims of success. The Centre called for the PAC to subject the programme to proper scrutiny.

The Centre's Deputy Director, Will McMahon, said:

I welcome the Committee's decision to carry out an inquiry into the Troubled Families Programme. It is important to get to the bottom of why so much public money is still being spent on a scheme that has had no discernible effect.