Cynics will conclude that ministers and bureaucrats have manipulated the data. The left will argue that the program was underfunded and the right will suggest that it’s throwing good money away.
It’s worth giving the subject some thought because in the next ten years with a Hard Brexit and advancing technology more families are going to be on the economic and social scrap heap.
Personally, I would like to see compulsory national service reintroduced, like in Israel, three years for men and two years for women. Service could include seconding to voluntary services overseas, charities and social care.
The government needs to get real about the emerging social challenges, especially following a Hard Brexit.