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Mon 12th September 2016 Troubled Families Programme (Lords Chamber) 3 interactions (53 words)

Troubled Families Programme

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Monday 12th September 2016

(4 years, 7 months ago)

Lords Chamber

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Wales Office
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Portrait Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
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My Lords, I do not accept for a minute that local authorities are not doing a proper job. In the year to March 2016, £130 million has been spent on tackling deep-seated problems of substance abuse, health and truancy. All these things are being tackled very successfully. Have we learned lessons from the first programme? Yes, of course we have. Will we learn lessons during this programme? I hope so. Meanwhile, this is a programme with broad support, which is doing a lot of good up and down the country.

Lord Polak Portrait Lord Polak (Con)
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My Lords, success is always difficult to measure but improving the lives of 117,000 families, getting children back to school and reducing youth crime must be a success. Can my noble friend the Minister match the promises that we made in our manifesto to develop and increase a comprehensive range of family policies?

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Portrait Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
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My Lords, that is certainly the intention of broadening the criteria in the second programme, which is looking at anti-social behaviour, substance abuse and a wide range of health issues. So yes, the intention is to have a much broader, holistic approach in this second phase. The evidence of the first year, which has been monitored by an independent programme supported by Ipsos MORI, is that we are having success doing just that.