We’ve remarked several times that the government reaction to unpalatable truths is either to (a) shoot the messenger or (b) claim that things have changed since the research was conducted. Beverley Hughes is obviously adopting a belt and braces approach to the Audit Commission’s report that the government has:
“…spent too much time and energy on setting up structures and processes at the expense of improving the lives of children and young people.”
Her two-pronged response?
“I am very disappointed that the commission appears to have gone for headline over substance. Not only are the messages a misrepresentation of what their own report as a whole says, but it is based on fieldwork which is now almost a year old. Significant changes have taken place since then”