Stephen Crossley

Comment on Troubled Families report leak

Commenting on the leak of the independent Troubles Families evaluation, described as ‘damning’ of the project by a senior civil servant, our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, said:

‘It is no surprise that the government has done its level best to sit on the findings of the independent evaluation. With £400 million spent and another £900 million in the budget, the Troubled Families programme is a huge waste of public money.’

Troubled Families success claims 'unbelievable'

A key government programme supposedly targeting the most troubled families in England is probably wasting millions of pounds a year and is working with the wrong families in the wrong way, according to a new report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report, The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?, describes as ‘unbelievable’ government claims that the Troubled Families Programme has a 99 per cent success rate.

The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?

No social policy can expect to achieve a 100 per cent success rate. Yet according to government, the Troubled Families Programme has achieved almost exactly that.

The programme has apparently turned around the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and excluded families across England, in a remarkably short period of time.

All of this has occurred against a backdrop of cuts to local services and welfare reforms which have hit not just families, but the very organisations and councils that deliver services to them.

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