Someone Remind Me Again Why They Call Themselves ‘Conservatives’..?

..because I really don’t think the term applies, do you?

Last year Cameron pronounced the scheme a runaway success with 117,000 families “turned around”, saving £1.2bn in the process.

But a separate government-commissioned audit of the effectiveness of the programme has concluded differently.

According to Newsnight, the Ecorys report examined data from 56 local authorities and concluded there was “no discernible impact on the percentage of adults claiming out-of-work benefits either 12 or 18 months after starting on the programme” and “no obvious impact on the likelihood that adults were employed 12 or 18 months after starting on the programme”.

“Participation did not have any discernible impact on adult offending” seven to 18 months after the family was booked into the programme, it said.

Ecorys added: “Whilst it was more difficult to match the treatment and comparison groups when looking at child outcomes, the findings suggested that the programme also had no detectable impact on child offending.”

They also identified problems with the data quality and representativeness.

“The sample sizes that the national administrative data provided meant that it was feasible to detect impacts which were relatively small in magnitude.”

And this was despite their attempts to obfuscate what ‘success’ really meant!

It said the success criteria were also vague – families could be deemed “turned around” even while the children were still persistently truant or committing crime, just so long as they did so less frequently than they had done before.

I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to find that spunking incredible amounts of taxpayer money on the sort of underclass families that think burning, looting and stealing from their neighbours is a viable method of ‘protest’ didn’t work.

Aren’t you?

3 comments for “Someone Remind Me Again Why They Call Themselves ‘Conservatives’..?

  1. August 10, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I asked a similar question of our County Council, and was smugly assured that not only was it successful; the Auditors agreed that all was well in the ‘garden of eden’ which is County Durham.

    Trouble is, the Auditors for Durham County Council come from WITHIN the Council ranks.

    • August 14, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Corruption is still corruption, even when First World style…

  2. Lord T
    August 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

    This is a trick question isn’t it.

    OK. It is socialists saying that they are conservatives so the dummies that lean towards conservatism and actually have the vote will vote for them to at leave give a pretense that there is alternatives and thus voting works. The alternative is that people will rebel and these people would be out of a job as I don’t count hanging from cheesewire on lampposts as employed.

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