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Our CEO Susanna Abse was delighted to welcome David Cameron to the Relationship Alliance Summit on 18 August 2014.

The Prime Minister revealed how a range of measures will focus on ‘helping new parents, supporting couples to stay together and addressing the underlying causes of family breakdown'.

He also made a new commitment that will ensure 'promoting family life is placed at the very heart of Government decision-making’.

The priorities include:

  • Doubling the annual budget for relationship counselling to £19.5m
  • Ensuring that every new domestic policy "will be examined for its impact on the family" from October 2014.
  • Offering help to over 500,000 families via a programme to support those facing multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, debt and truancy.  The programme expands from its current focus on 120,000 families, with work starting immediately in over 50 council areas before spreading across the country.

The Relationships Alliance - formed of TCCR, Relate, Marriage Care and One Plus One - is pleased with the announcements and sees them as extremely positive steps towards making relationship support more accessible for more people.

In introducing the prime minister, TCCR CEO, Susanna Abse said  “It is with great pleasure that I welcome the prime minister who we know has made a personal commitment to the importance of relationship support.  The commitment to “put relationship support on a long term and stable footing” in the coalition agreement has made a great difference to the development of the sector over the last 4 years”

Furthermore, Ruth Sutherland, Chair of the Relationships Alliance and Chief Executive of Relate, said “We wholeheartedly agree that strong and stable relationships are the bedrock of society and it is excellent to hear the Prime Minister affirming the importance of the Government’s role in supporting them.

Every day, we see the impact that troubled relationships have on individuals, couples and families. That’s why we’re so passionate about equipping more people with the relationship skills that will help to see them through good times and bad.

“The substantial extra funding announced today is extremely welcome and we look forward to working with the Government to help more people in more ways that work, including reaching people through community touch points like health workers and ante natal classes. It’s also fantastic news that a families test will be introduced across all public policy to assess impact on families. This is a good day for couples and families and, ultimately, these interventions will reduce the pressure on the public purse of relationship breakdown.”