Councils could face ‘sanctions’ for failing schemes

Wharfedale Observer: Council could face ‘sanctions’ for failing schemes Council could face ‘sanctions’ for failing schemes

Town halls should be punished if their schemes to improve the behaviour of ‘troubled families’ flop, MPs say today.

Their report calls for ‘sanctions’ against councils that fail to change the lives of people with social problems ranging from poverty to low skills and bad housing.

It follows criticism that only three people in Bradford have found work through the scheme, which was started after the 2011 summer riots.

Latest figures show Bradford Council has started work with 1,255 of the 1,760 city families identified as ‘troubled’ – more than 71 per cent of them.

Of those, 543 have been classed as having had their lives turned around, but only three – just 0.6 per cent – found permanent work.

Across the district, only 23 of 1,339 families described as “turned around” now have someone in work – with none at all in Kirklees, only three in Calderdale and 17 in Leeds.

Now the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned the scheme, announced by David Cameron himself, is on course to “miss its targets”.

Across England, success has been chalked up in the lives of 22,000 families, leaving a further 98,000 to be turned around by May 2015.

And a parallel project, run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has put only four per cent of the expected number of people into jobs.

Margaret Hodge, the PAC’s Labour chairman, condemned the “baffling decision” to run two separate programmes, leading to “confusion and unnecessary duplication”.

And she said: “There have been big variations in performance, which put achieving the programmes’ objectives at risk.

“The departments must ensure that performance in each local authority, and by each contractor, is scrutinised, giving appropriate support where appropriate – but also imposing sanctions where necessary.”

The PAC report did not identify any worst offenders and its call for councils to face sanctions – for a Government scheme – is likely to be controversial.

Ministers have insisted the scheme is “on track” to meet the prime minister’s pledge to transform the lives of 120,000 problem families by 2015.

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8:17am Fri 4 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

LOL this should be interesting given the number of scumbag morons we have in this City.
LOL this should be interesting given the number of scumbag morons we have in this City. alive and awake
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8:26am Fri 4 Apr 14

BertSanders says...

The impossible dream
The impossible dream BertSanders
  • Score: 5

9:18am Fri 4 Apr 14

pcmanners says...

The Council will be broke in a week. 'Troubled' just means **** nuisance, they should be locked up and deported. Socialists are always soft on their own kind
The Council will be broke in a week. 'Troubled' just means **** nuisance, they should be locked up and deported. Socialists are always soft on their own kind pcmanners
  • Score: 9

9:58am Fri 4 Apr 14

collos25 says...

Perhaps the councils can treat these families like the vermin they are and dispose of them in a humane way. .
Perhaps the councils can treat these families like the vermin they are and dispose of them in a humane way. . collos25
  • Score: 3

10:28am Fri 4 Apr 14

pjl20 says...

Time for Bradford Council to be disbanded and broken into at least two parts.

A new District Council to be formed for Airedale & Wharfedale, separate from the city areas.

This has been advocated recently by Philip Davies MP and Kris Hopkins MP, a Minister at the DCLG.

Lets open up the debate, whilst the 90 councillors who sit in the City Hall in Bradford are unable to agree about council spending priorities.

This policy is also advocated by the UK Independence Party.
Time for Bradford Council to be disbanded and broken into at least two parts. A new District Council to be formed for Airedale & Wharfedale, separate from the city areas. This has been advocated recently by Philip Davies MP and Kris Hopkins MP, a Minister at the DCLG. Lets open up the debate, whilst the 90 councillors who sit in the City Hall in Bradford are unable to agree about council spending priorities. This policy is also advocated by the UK Independence Party. pjl20
  • Score: 2

11:28am Fri 4 Apr 14

collos25 says...

Anything that the racist party says or does itsn't worth anything lets not forget they get their money from the very people they want us to leave.
Anything that the racist party says or does itsn't worth anything lets not forget they get their money from the very people they want us to leave. collos25
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2:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

pcmanners wrote:
The Council will be broke in a week. 'Troubled' just means **** nuisance, they should be locked up and deported. Socialists are always soft on their own kind
As locking someone up costs around £40-45k per year and many of these "troubled" families are identified as being troubled due to poverty could less money be spent in order to create a better solution? Being poor is not a crime and if it is then those creating the conditions where poverty becomes widespread should be the ones behind bars. Not that there isn't enough evidence to see most of them locked up already.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: The Council will be broke in a week. 'Troubled' just means **** nuisance, they should be locked up and deported. Socialists are always soft on their own kind[/p][/quote]As locking someone up costs around £40-45k per year and many of these "troubled" families are identified as being troubled due to poverty could less money be spent in order to create a better solution? Being poor is not a crime and if it is then those creating the conditions where poverty becomes widespread should be the ones behind bars. Not that there isn't enough evidence to see most of them locked up already. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -1

9:27pm Fri 4 Apr 14

johnhem says...

collos25 wrote:
Anything that the racist party says or does itsn't worth anything lets not forget they get their money from the very people they want us to leave.
if you don't know what you are talking about its best not to talk. I take it you are one of the idiots that thinks it is good business sense to borrow £11/£12b to give away in foreign aid, then have to pay it back WITH INTEREST. try that with your own business and see how soon foreclosure hits you.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Anything that the racist party says or does itsn't worth anything lets not forget they get their money from the very people they want us to leave.[/p][/quote]if you don't know what you are talking about its best not to talk. I take it you are one of the idiots that thinks it is good business sense to borrow £11/£12b to give away in foreign aid, then have to pay it back WITH INTEREST. try that with your own business and see how soon foreclosure hits you. johnhem
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