The Full Proposal
The proposal for a Troubled Lives programme is not new. It has already been presented by the Public Service Transformation Challenge Panel (Bolder, Braver, Better, 2014) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (The Condition of Britain, 2014). It was referred to in HM Government’s Autumn Statement (2014) and in the 2015 Budget.
There is learning from the Troubled Families Programme and a series of pilots, the latest of which is BLF Fulfilling Lives.
A Troubled Lives programme can’t succeed as an isolated, one-off initiative. It is not of itself a strategy. Its impact would be limited to a relatively small number of people and might not be sustained. Wraparound measures are needed to prevent others with multiple and complex needs from slipping into this core group. These include actions to promote their effective and appropriate use of mainstream public services.
Framework’s proposal Simple Change for Troubled Lives calls for Five Actions that do amount to a joined-up strategy. They combine intensive, long-term help for 60,000 individuals in the greatest need, with related measures to assist a larger group of at least 150,000 (more according to some studies) whose lives are also affected by multiple and complex needs.
Framework is seeking cross-party agreement on a centrally directed but locally implemented strategy based around these Five Actions. The rationale for each and the linkages between them are set out in the full proposal which can be downloaded here.
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