MPs sceptical about Troubled Families programme

December 20, 2016 0 comments

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A committee of MPs has cast doubt on government claims about the success of the Troubled Families programme. Established in 2012, the programme aimed to help disadvantaged families struggling with social problems via millions in funding channelled through their local authorities.  A multimillion pound funding programme was  allocated in two tranches, with the aim of…

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Government ‘neglecting’ child protection

December 19, 2016 2 comments

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The government is neglecting the improvement of child protection services, a group of MPs has claimed. In a new report, the influential Public Accounts Committee has condemned government efforts to tackle underperforming local authorities as “too slow”, Children & Young People Now reports. Six years after a major review of child protection services was conducted…

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Nurseries may drop out of free childcare expansion

June 17, 2016 1 comment

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Government plans to offer 30 hours of free childcare to the parents of three- and four-year olds may be derailed by a lack of participation, MPs have claimed. The manifesto pledge will double the parents’ current entitlement, from 15 to 30 hours per week. It should be available to everyone eligible by September next year….

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Care leavers should get support based on needs

September 10, 2015 1 comment

Care leavers should get support based on their needs, rather than their age or whether they’re still receiving education or training, a Parliamentary committee heard this week. Witnesses who have experienced the UK care system first hand, as well as representatives from interest groups and MPs, gave evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. At the…

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Government ‘reluctant’ to help children in care, MPs claim

March 12, 2015 1 comment

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The Department for Education shows an “alarming reluctance” to become actively involved in promoting the welfare of children in care, MPs have claimed. In a newly published report, the Commons Public Accounts Committee insists that the Department for Education’s (DoE) legislative responsibilities in relation to children in care and local authorities mean it is “clearly…

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No evidence to support legal aid cuts, MPs report

February 4, 2015 0 comments

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The drastic cuts to legal aid made by the Ministry of Justice in April 2013 were introduced on the basis of little or no evidence, MPs have claimed. In a new report, they highlight the surge in the numbers of unrepresented litigants in person since the introduction of the cuts. There has been a jump…

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