..because I really don’t think the term applies, do you?
Last year Cameron pronounced the scheme a runaway success with 117,000 families “turned around”, saving £1.2bn in the process.
But a separate government-commissioned audit of the effectiveness of the programme has concluded differently.
According to Newsnight, the Ecorys report examined data from 56 local authorities and concluded there was “no discernible impact on the percentage of adults claiming out-of-work benefits either 12 or 18 months after starting on the programme” and “no obvious impact on the likelihood that adults were employed 12 or 18 months after starting on the programme”.
“Participation did not have any discernible impact on adult offending” seven to 18 months after the family was booked into the programme, it said.
Ecorys added: “Whilst it was more difficult to match the treatment and comparison groups when looking at child outcomes, the findings suggested that the programme also had no detectable impact on child offending.”
They also identified problems with the data quality and representativeness.
“The sample sizes that the national administrative data provided meant that it was feasible to detect impacts which were relatively small in magnitude.”
And this was despite their attempts to obfuscate what ‘success’ really meant!
It said the success criteria were also vague – families could be deemed “turned around” even while the children were still persistently truant or committing crime, just so long as they did so less frequently than they had done before.
I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to find that spunking incredible amounts of taxpayer money on the sort of underclass families that think burning, looting and stealing from their neighbours is a viable method of ‘protest’ didn’t work.