The five million pound trial set up by the Prime Minister flops, as barely any parents turn up.
The five million pound trial, which the Prime Minister set up in three underprivileged areas following the 2011 riots, attracted just 2,000 parents out of a possible 55,200, according to figures released by Lucy Powell, the Shadow Children’s Minister.
The CANParent scheme offered mothers and fathers in Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire, Camden in London, and High Peak in Derbyshire £100 vouchers to spend on parenting classes covering discipline, diet and exercise, bullying and preparing children for school from charities including the National Childbirth Trust.
‘He promised to protect families but he will have taken away up to £15 billion in support for children by 2015’
But with so few people taking up the offer, the scheme ended up costing £1,088 per parent and was dubbed a ‘flop’ by Labour. While the trial will continue into a third year, parents will either have to self-fund the lessons or hope that the groups running the classes can provide alternative subsidies, as the Government is no longer offering vouchers to cover the cost.
‘David Cameron says he supports families – but the reality is this pilot has been an embarrassing failure,’ said Lucy Powell, the Shadow Children’s Minister. ‘He promised to protect families but he will have taken away up to £15 billion in support for children by 2015.’
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