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Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families - indicators and evidence base

The latest indicator data and wider evidence base from the 'Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families' publication.

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Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families Indicators 2018

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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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In Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families, the government set out the compelling evidence for the strain that worklessness and its associated problems have on families and children.

There are 9 national indicators and underlying measures used to track progress in tackling the disadvantages that affect families and children’s outcomes. The Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families indicators document provides the latest indicator data.

The government has a statutory duty to report data annually to Parliament on 2 of the 9 indicators for England only: parental worklessness and children’s educational attainment at Key Stage 4.

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).

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 29 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published revised version of 'Analysis and research pack - Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families'. Pages 51 and 52 in the pack (and table 24 in the supporting XLS and ODS tables) have been changed to correct an error in the estimate of the proportion of children living in a couple-parent household with at least 1 parent reporting relationship distress in 2011 to 2012.
  2. Published 'Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families Indicators 2018'.
  3. Added information about national indicators to the detail of the page.
  4. Published a revised version of the analysis and research pack. The key findings on pages 29 and 57 (third paragraph) have been corrected.
  5. Contents page links in data tables document corrected.
  6. 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.
  7. Added 'Tables - Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families' in ODS format.
  8. First published.