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Family Intervention Projects

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many families have been (a) temporarily and (b) permanently evicted from their homes under family intervention projects. (221382)

I have been asked to reply.

Evidence from a recently published evaluation shows the effectiveness of Family Intervention Projects in improving the lives of families involved in persistent antisocial behaviour. Families are usually facing eviction due to their antisocial behaviour when a project begins to work with them. One of the first tasks the projects undertake is to improve behaviour to stabilise a families’ tenancy. The recent evaluation data show reductions in housing enforcement action, so in the majority of cases the project helps them stay in their home.

We do not collect data on the number of families evicted from their homes (either permanently or temporarily) white a Family Intervention Project works with them. We know from contact with the projects, however, that eviction happens very rarely. A small minority of families (5 per cent. were identified in the recent evaluation) disengage from the projects and it is possible in a small number of these cases the LA would proceed with an eviction. But these are families who were facing eviction before they became involved with the Family Intervention Project.