Evidence Matters

When the marriage tax break gets wheeled out by the Conservative leadership, it is usually a sure sign it is feeling nervous about its standing with backbenchers on the right of the party. Cameron’s announcement that a tax break for married couples will be a flagship policy in the Autumn Statement later...

The rumours about the Early Intervention Grant have now been confirmed. The government is scrapping the ringfenced £2.4bn grant, which has to be spent by local authorities on early intervention services like parenting services and children’s centres. Instead, £300m will go to fund free nursery education...

The government’s policy on troubled families has something of a neat ring to it. Take 120,000 ‘troubled’ families – the families whose lives are blighted by multiple problems such as adults being out of work, having no educational qualifications and mental health issues, and who, according to the government,...

Last week the Home Office recently published new research suggesting that young people aged 10-17 account for 23% of police-recorded crimes – despite only making up one in 10 of the general population aged over 10. There is a danger that these statistics are used as yet more fodder for the media’s obsession...