Policy paper

The fiscal case for working with troubled families: analysis and evidence on the costs of troubled families to government

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This publication outlines the fiscal case for turning around the lives of troubled families.


In December 2011, the government committed to invest a further £448 million in turning around the lives of the 120,000 of the most troubled families in England.

This publication details the fiscal analysis that informed this decision. It explains how public money is being spent on troubled families and the degree to which this money is merely reacting to the problems of these families, rather than targeting their needs. It concludes that the government will spend an estimated £9 billion per year on these families over the Spending Review period (2010 to 2015).

This report sets out in detail the breakdown of this spending, explaining that £1 billion is spent proactively addressing the problems troubled families have and £8 billion reacting to them.