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Social justice: transforming lives, 13/03/12 [E/NI/S/W]

The UK Government has launched its  strategy for Social Justice which is about giving individuals and families facing multiple disadvantages the support and tools they need to turn their lives around.

The strategy identifies family breakdown, educational failure, a broken welfare system, drug and alcohol addiction and severe personal debt as some of the underlying causes of social breakdown and poverty. Its proposals to tackle poverty and social exclusion focus on prevention and early intervention; recovery and life change rather than maintenance; and innovative, results-focused delivery.

One of the key proposals is the establishment of an Early Intervention Foundation that would build the evidence base for early intervention, providing an overview of “what works” to local authorities and commissioners, and signposting them to the best sources of evidence; and act as a hub for existing expertise and services in the field, commission work to fill gaps in knowledge and provide general and impartial information about financing options – including payment by results, philanthropic funding and social finance.

For full details see the Department for Work and Pensions website.

Further Information

Social Justice: transforming lives
Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith