The federal government’s declare challenge had “rotated” the lives of 99% of England’s most troubled households was deceptive, MPs have mentioned.
Ministers had not taken under consideration prices when saying the Troubled Households programme had saved taxpayers £1.2bn, the Public Accounts Committee added.
It additionally criticised the payment-by-results system for councils.
The federal government mentioned the scheme had in actual fact made “vital enhancements”, but it surely was keen to be taught “classes”.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron launched the £448m scheme in 2012, following the 2011 riots, saying he wished to enhance the lives of 120,000 households in England by 2015.
As a part of the scheme, native authorities claimed reward funds for 116,654 households, out of the utmost 117,910 for which they may have claimed, throughout this era.
The Department for Communities and Local Government mentioned final 12 months that the programme had “turned across the lives” of these assisted.
However the committee’s report mentioned: “The implication of ‘rotated’ was deceptive, because the time period was solely indicative of reaching short-term outcomes underneath the programme quite than representing long-term, sustainable change in households’ lives.
“Whereas there was some success, by claiming that an consequence achieved meant household had been ‘rotated’, the division’s use of the time period overstated the impression of the Troubled Households programme.”
The programme, which was prolonged for 5 years in 2015 with an additional £900m geared toward serving to one other 400,000 households, works on a payment-by-results system.
Beneath this, councils obtain as much as £four,000 for every household they assist by sending in a devoted employee, the outcomes being measured towards standards reminiscent of improved college attendance, decrease crime charges and better employment ranges.
However the committee mentioned this strategy had inspired “perverse” behaviour by native authorities.
This included pushing some households too rapidly by means of the scheme to drawdown funds and “claiming outcomes for households on the margins of the programme in an effort to meet targets”.
The committee’s chairwoman, Labour MP Meg Hillier, mentioned the report was “way more severe” than “a slap on the wrist” for ministers.
A government-commissioned report from the Nationwide Institute of Financial and Social Analysis, printed in October, additionally forged doubt on the progress achieved by 2015.
A Division for Communities and Native Authorities (DCLG) spokesman mentioned: “Because the PAC report recognises, the Troubled Households programme enabled native authorities to increase and remodel the best way native providers work with households.
“However in fact, there’ll at all times be classes to be taught and we’ve already made vital enhancements to the second stage of the programme.
“We are going to look rigorously on the proof to learn how we will enhance the programme additional to assist among the most susceptible folks in our society.”