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Mothers of large 'problem families' must stop having children, warns senior government adviser
Outspoken: Families tsar Louise Carey has said that the government cannot afford to be too 'soft' on families
The government should ‘interfere’ to stop problem families having too many children, the families ‘tsar’ has said.
Casey, whose study of 120,000 antisocial households was released this
week, said the government must not be a ‘soft touch’ when it comes to
telling women not to have any more children if they are struggling to
Speaking to the
Daily Telegraph, she said: ‘There are plenty of people who have large
families and function incredibly well, and good luck to them, it must be
lovely. The issue for me, out of the families that I have met, (is
that) they are not functioning, lovely families.’
added: ‘Yes, we have to help these families. But I also don’t think we
should soft-touch those families. We are not running some cuddly social
workers’ programme to wrap everybody in cotton wool.’
She said the state must tell mothers to take ‘responsibility’ and stop getting pregnant by different men.
‘The responsibility is as important as coming off drugs, coming off alcohol, getting a grip and getting the kids to school.’
Miss Casey said the government needed ‘toughness’ to make sure children were getting educated.
She said: ‘If every kid in the country who should be in school was there all day, every day, you would transform all sorts of problems.’
It was last summer's London riots that led to Prime Minister David Cameron setting up the family unit to combat these kind of problems within society.
Miss Casey, who was a former aide of Labour PM Tony Blair, was charged with heading up the new initiative, and a threat of taking back council houses, placing children into care and the prospect of prison were put to families.
Be careful: Miss Casey has called for some women to stop getting pregnant by different men
An analysis of 16 of the worst families in the country worked out that they cost the state £200,000 each year.
Miss Casey's studies involved her getting right into the family situation; one instance saw her watch on as the courts took a woman's ninth child away from her.
The woman in question was a drug addict, and the chances are without proper help she would go on to become pregnant again.
And on another occasion, Miss Casey intervened when a parent, on hearing their child had been unruly at school, called them a 'nightmare': Miss Casey responded by telling the parent that it was THEM who was the 'nightmare'.
The programme is though to cost £448 million pounds, and as oppose to aim to get children involved in a broad range of inter-mingling, it has focused on one of the basics - getting the child to school.
'I say, the biggest diversionary activity on God’s earth is called school. If every kid in the country who should be in school (was) there, all day, every day, you would transform all sorts of problems.'