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Social Exclusion

Asked whether the speech would be more philosophical than policy driven, the PMOS said that the speech would be a mixture of both. First of all we needed to get across the understanding of why we were focussing in particular on this issue. If people looked at the figures on children that had been in care who then offended they were quite shocking. The Prime Minister would be setting out a way in which we could work with families and individuals socially excluded to try and improve their life chances. This was key and a very real issue.

It was not just about dealing with the problem of the relatively small proportion of individuals who caused disproportionate problems for society – it was also about helping those individuals and families improve their own life chances. It was important for people to understand the background first as it helped avoid people labelling decisions as draconian or focussing in on only one aspect. There needed to be a broad understanding of where we were coming from and the speech would be partly about that. It would also point forward to the Action Plan being announced next week.

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