Families: Disadvantaged

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis was for his recent statement that 120,000 families defined as troubled families are more likely to be involved in antisocial behaviour and more likely to include children who truant more than average.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

There is wide-ranging evidence that involvement in crime/antisocial behaviour and truancy is more likely among families experiencing multiple problems, including from analysis of the Family and Children's Survey. Studies have also shown that predictors of the onset of offending include neglectful parenting.

The Troubles Families Financial Framework, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, outlines how local authorities will identify actual troubled families to try and turn their lives around, including identifying those involved in antisocial behaviour and households with truant children.

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