Watch this: BBC: No Place Like Home
Remember the much vaunted Troubled Families Programme? A programme founded on dodgy evidence and now, we are told, with dodgy outcomes. A national evaluation of it has been carried out. To quote from page 69 of the report published by DCLG, National Evaluation of the Troubled Families
“The key finding from the impact evaluation using administrative data was that across a wide range of outcomes, covering the key objectives of the programme - employment, benefit receipt, school attendance, safeguarding and child welfare - we were unable to find consistent evidence that the Troubled Families programme had any significant or systematic impact. That is to say, our analysis found no impact on these outcomes attributable to the programme, with observed outcomes for the Troubled Families Programme families being very similar to the outcomes for a matched comparison group of families.”
The Decent Homes Standard is but a fond memory; how about this as something that should be introduced by government: The Living Home Standard?
Excellent piece about the Right to Buy: Where are we now?
Excellent JRF strategy to Solve UK Poverty.
Queen's Speech: Will new bill prevent homelessness? Sadly, the answer was no.
Jules Birch has been following the progress of the Housing & Planning Bill closely. Follow his blow by blow account on his blog. It's very good and very detailed.