Magazine article Public Finance

Cabinet Office Wants Joined-Up Approach to Exclusion

Magazine article Public Finance

Cabinet Office Wants Joined-Up Approach to Exclusion

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The Cabinet Office is preparing a submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review that would require Whitehall departments to work together to tackle social exclusion, ministers revealed this week.

Cabinet Office minister Pat McFadden told Public Finance the intention was to create a set of new Public Service Agreements, applicable across government, that would target specific groups of people and try to get them into stable employment or housing.

'What we're trying to do is look at this from the point of view of the person that is experiencing the problem, rather than from the point of view of traditional departmental budget headings or indeed local authority departments,' McFadden said.

'It's not enough to have an accurate snapshot. Somebody's got to see the whole film, somebody's got to see the persons circumstances.'

McFadden was speaking at the June 18 launch of Reaching out: think family, a report from the Cabinet Office's Social Exclusion Task Force. This called for the integration that characterises the Every Child Matters programme to be extended to all services working with families at risk.

The report said a small minority - around 2% - of families experience multiple difficulties such as mental illness, learning disabilities and alcohol or drug abuse, problems that were often replicated in their children. …

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