Unemployed People: Families

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of the 3 November 2017 to Question 110631, what steps the Government is taking to deliver the framework set out in Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families, published in April 2017.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions is working with a range of key stakeholders and with other Departments to take forward the framework we set out in Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families. We are making progress on delivering its objectives. For example, Public Health England will run a trial of the Individual Placement and Support approach, starting in spring 2018. And our vital work on reducing parental conflict is boosted by the Chancellor’s budget announcement to increase available funds up to £39m until 2021.

As part of this work, we also published two delivery tools – a local data report and a Family Evidence Resource – to enable local commissioners and practitioners working with families and children to understand and act on the factors of disadvantage in their local area. We continue to engage with local authorities and others to test, refine and promote these resources.

In addition to our statutory duty to publish annual data on the statutory indicators of parental worklessness and children’s educational achievement, we will also publish the latest data on the non-statutory indicators each year, in line with the commitment set out in Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families.

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