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The Harrow Council for Justice welcomes the government’s move to expand the use of the family intervention project model, which was adopted under the previous government.

It seeks to help families who face a combination of problems such as mental illness, unemployment and poverty, usually by allocating a single social worker to gain an overview of the problems facing the family.

Though it is highly desirable that the state policies and practices address the intrinsic relationship between the ‘cause and effect’ in tackling social problems but given the state of the ‘broken  society’ at present, any short-term measures to deal with the ‘effects’ can only be good.

But for a long lasting social cohesion and stability we can not afford keep chasing the ‘effects’ while not effectively addressing the ‘cause’.  Therefore, to mend the ‘broken society’, it is crucial for the decision-makers to rigorously work towards achieving both the economic stability and the social stability and not achieving one at the cost of the other as the successive governments seems to be doing.  It is comparatively easier to recover from an economic decline than from the social and moral decline.

It is nice to hear that Mr Cameron wanted a "family test" applied to all domestic policy, and that "If it hurts families, if it undermines commitment, if it tramples over the values that keep people together, or stops families from being together, then we shouldn't do it".

Why not to apply the ‘family test’ to the adverse long-term effects of some recent policies like the changes in the housing benefits or the cut in the Early Intervention Grant (by 11% in 2011) which is used to provide support for the families with multiple problems through local authorities.  For example, in the London Borough of Harrow this grant for 2011-12 is £714,404 less than its baseline allocation in 2010-11.

   

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