Lots of good work is being done, especially in the charity sector, but I have not identified a single source that pulls together the multiplicity of strategies. Instead, we tend to find different organisations or approaches that are targeting different aspects of the problem. What we lack is a comprehensive gathering and analysis of evidence so that we can identify with reasonable certainty the most cost-effective interventions. I don’t pretend that this is easy but it is possible. However, I am not convinced that at national policy level we are demonstrating a true understanding of the daily realities for our least advantaged and, most importantly, creating routes to power and influence for those few who have escaped the trap. There is a reason that most of the few that succeed become entrepreneurs rather than entering into more traditional professions, the barriers to those routes are simply far too high.