Published: 5th Dec 2014

Many people have waited a long time to hear something like the commitment made in Wednesday’s autumn atatement – to ‘developing and extending the principles underpinning the Troubled Families programme approach to other groups of people with multiple needs’. This is significant for at least two reasons. First, it may prove to be the most ambitious chapter yet in our ongoing struggle to reach and improve the lives of some of our most disadvantaged citizens. Second, the savings projected from this approach have clearly already been banked by the government. In other words, a lot rests on getting this right. The commitment was a rapid response to last week’s report Bolder, Braver and Better by the service transformation challenge panel. I found the panel’s analysis sound but couldn’t square the ambition of its title with its reform principles: ‘people are the focus of delivery’, ‘outcomes for people take priority’, ‘frequent … (To read the full article, subscribe below)