Troubled Families funding could be extended beyond 2020
Funding for the Troubled Families programme could continue beyond 2020 after it was found three-quarters of councils are poised to make early intervention cuts.
The trouble with troubled families
In the melee of the adult social care cash crisis, rising children’s services pressures and pothole funding chasms, Troubled Families budgets have been low down the list of priorities, writes Heather Jameson
Troubled Families scheme a 'distraction,' claims Iain Duncan Smith
Funding for the Troubled Families programme would be better spent elsewhere, a former cabinet minister has suggested.
Achieving earned autonomy
A Staffordshire partnership has been making great strides in helping children and families in need in the county, with a big focus on early help. Mark Sutton explains.
How info sharing is improving help for Troubled Families
Stephen Curtis explains why information sharing is crucial to public service reform, while Stuart Bolton and Imogen Heywood take us through the key learning from new research in Staffordshire and Oldham.
Five London councils commission programme to keep troubled youngsters out of care
Five London boroughs have jointly commissioned a new programme to help vulnerable young people stay out of care.
Louise Casey: It's time for local government to show its worth
After an 18-year career in the Civil Service, running the social exclusion and troubled families unit, as well as leading high profile inquiries into Rotherham and integration, Dame Louise Casey talks to Heather Jameson.
Opportunity is knocking for ‘jaw-dropping’ local government
Local government is jaw dropping, can inspire citizens and, at its best, can outshine any part of Whitehall, former tsar Dame Louise Casey has claimed.
An early start is vital
The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.
Casey to leave government after two decades
Senior civil servant Dame Louise Casey has announced she will be leaving government in the summer after an 18-year Whitehall career.
Praise for backing of Troubled Families programme
A respected transformation expert has praised the Government for emerging from a ‘stormy period of criticism’ and pressing ahead with its controversial Troubled Families programme.
‘Give Troubled Families staff better terms and pay’
Local government’s largest trade union has called for improved pay and conditions for staff working on the Government’s £1.3bn Troubled Families programme.
Data sharing systems in need of improvement
Public bodies must improve their data sharing regime to successfully tackle social challenges such as troubled families issues, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has told The MJ.
Casey admits concerns over extremism funding
Extremism tsar Dame Louise Casey has admitted she is concerned about funding levels in key areas but believes the ‘money isn’t going to come back’.
PAC: Government overstated Troubled Families effectiveness
The Government has ‘overstated’ the effectiveness of its Troubled Families programme and been ‘evasive’ in its dealings with MPs, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said.
PbR goes on despite doubts over financial framework
Marsham Street expects to make further payments by results as part of its Troubled Families programme despite criticisms of its financial framework.
Troubled programmes and evaluations
The Government took the wrong approach to its Troubled Families Programme and local and national politicians can both learn serious lessons, writes Dan Corry
Troubled Families tsar defends programme amid controversy
Government officials have defended the Troubled Families programme under interrogation, rebutting claims it had ‘no impact’ and denying accusations that they ‘suppressed’ reports.
Councils defend Troubled Families work
Local authorities have rushed to defend the Government’s under-fire Troubled Families programme despite claims they have made poor progress against key targets.
Time for a change in urban policy
Now is perhaps the time to re-evaluate the success, or more importantly the failure, of urban policy over the past decades, writes Michael Burton.