Research and analysis

Improving lives: Helping Workless Families - evidence base

This research is the evidence base that supports the 'Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families' publication.

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Analysis and research pack - Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families

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Evidence resource on multiple disadvantage in families and its impact on children

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Tables - Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families (XLS)

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Tables - Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families (ODS)

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Background information and methodolgy

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Details

The analysis and research pack sets out the comprehensive evidence base that supports Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families.

Part 1 describes the evidence behind some of the issues associated with worklessness, how these disadvantages are often interrelated, and how they impact on children’s outcomes.

Part 2 sets out the 9 national indicators (7 non-statutory and 2 statutory) which we are using to track progress in tackling the disadvantages that affect families and children’s outcomes, as shown in our evidence and analysis. These have replaced the indicators reported on in the former social justice outcomes framework.

The evidence resource on multiple disadvantage in families and its impact on children provides an overview of important milestones of child development from pre-conception to early adulthood, and explores how child development is influenced by multiple disadvantages affecting workless families.

Read the local data report that presents data on the factors of disadvantage and children’s outcomes at a local level, through a local government data tool (LG Inform).

Indicators

The government has a statutory duty to report data annually to Parliament on parental worklessness and children’s education attainment at age 16. We will also publish the latest data on non-statutory indicators each year and our next update will be in spring 2018.

The Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families national indicators replace the indicators in the former social justice outcomes framework. In Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families, we set out the compelling evidence for the strain that worklessness and its associated problems have on families and children. The 9 national indicators underline the strength of the government’s long-term commitment to improving the prospects of disadvantaged families.

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Email helpingworklessfamilies@dwp.gsi.gov.uk with any questions or feedback.

Published 4 April 2017
Last updated 17 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added information about national indicators to the detail of the page.
  2. Published a revised version of the analysis and research pack. The key findings on pages 29 and 57 (third paragraph) have been corrected.
  3. Contents page links in data tables document corrected.
  4. Page 73 in analysis and research pack and table 46 in tables spreadsheet - the figures and table were presented incorrectly and have been amended to show the correct proportions of children living with at least one parent reporting symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, by family type and work status.
  5. Added 'Tables - Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families' in ODS format.
  6. First published.