Public Accounts Committee
Programmes To Help Families Facing Multiple Challenges
HC 668, Fifty-first Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Programmes To Help Families Facing Multiple Challenges (HC 668)' examines the programmes set up by both the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - to help families facing multiple challenges.
In 2006 the Government estimated that there were 120,000 families in England facing multiple challenges, such as unemployment and poor housing, crime and antisocial behaviour. The estimated cost to the taxpayer of providing services to support these families is £9 billion a year, of which £8 billion is spent reacting to issues and £1 billion in trying to tackle them.
In 2012, DCLG and DWP each introduced separate programmes to help these families:
With a budget of £448 million the DCLG's 'Troubled Families' programme aims to turn around all 120,000 families by May 2015.
With a budget of £200 million the DWP's 'Families with Multiple Problems' programme seeks to move 22% of those joining the programme into employment by March 2015.
There was no clear rationale for the simultaneous introduction of two separate programmes which focused on addressing similar issues. The integration of the programmes at the design phase was poor, leading to confusion and contributing to the low number of referrals to the DWP's programme. But the good practice evident in DCLG's Troubled Families programme demonstrates how central and local government agencies can work together effectively.
Data sharing is critical to identifying the families most in need of the support available. The Committee recommends that both departments publish details of their targets, alongside their progress and the wider benefits and financial savings that they have identified.
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