Laura Sharman 18 October 2016

Troubled Families programme had no 'significant impact'

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There is little evidence that the government’s flagship Troubled Families programme had any ‘significant or systematic impact’, new analysis has revealed.

As part of a wider review into the programme, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research found it had failed to improve employment levels and school attendance for those it was trying to help.

The research also showed that there were was little improvement in anti-social behaviour.

The report stated: ‘The key finding is that across a wide range of outcomes, covering the key objectives of the Troubled Families Programme - employment, benefit receipt, school attendance, safeguarding and child welfare - we were unable to find consistent evidence that the programme had any significant or systematic impact.’

The review was commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government and covers the initial stage of the programme.

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