Friday, 14 August 2009

Family Intervention Projects?

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls has announced.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals. Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far. But ministers want to target 20,000 more in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 and £20,000 – a potential total bill of £400million for the taxpayer.

"Family Intervention Projects" has an eerie tone to it... makes me shudder!

Meanwhile, Andy Burnham says that people on incapacity benefit MUST exercise! More than two-and-a-half million people are currently on incapacity benefit in Britain, with more than a third of those claiming it for mental health problems or muscular or skeletal disorders.

Mr Burnham said these were conditions that were known to respond well to exercise, which could lead to significant savings for the economy.

I agree some people could do with helping themselves a little more, but the best way to do that is to make sports facilities cheaper and more accessible and improve the NHS to make these people well again, more quickly!

No doubt some people will be too ill to do any exercise at all, no matter what the Labour Government thinks!

The two stories above remind me of the clip below!

Nah, they wouldn't do that, don't be silly......... would they?


  1. Big Brother maybe but a big bully of a big brother.

  2. The last gasps of a dying behemoth...

  3. And who exactly will decide which families are to be subjected to these interventions ? Judges, social workers ?
    Ghastly idea all round but typical of control freak Labour.

  4. Will this expenditure make the slightest difference? I doubt it.

    Much of the problem is that we do not require these families to take enough responsibility for themselves. Giving them yet more excuses to blame the state is hardly the way to go. We need a government bent on restoring incentives for people to do what they can for themselves however little that may be. They might even get back a little pride.

    PS Your posh election countdown clock is an hour different to my homemade one. Which is right? As yours is an hour sooner I know which I prefer.

  5. I'm not sure about the clock! Everyone who has this widget has the same time :)

    We've always had problems families. The way to tackle the problem is not to spy on them, but as you said, to not encourage continual dependence on the "system".

    If things go wrong with these families' they can now blame the state.

  6. I have to say that closer scrutiny of 'disabilities' and insisting on definite diagnoses and a schedule of treatments is a must for 'sick not dole' benefits claimants. I meet scores of kids and not-so kids who are malingering. Self-harm and panic attacks are de rigeur these days to get out of job-seeking.

    Here are two I prepared earlier
    Too Fat Too Furious

    Somebody need to snoop.