Couple, family and social relationships are increasingly taking centre stage in public policy. The role and experiences of families are likely to play a significant part in the policy debate in the run up to the 2015 General Election – especially the situation among families facing the combined pressures of stagnant wages and increases in housing, energy and food costs as a result of the recent global recession.

This manifesto, the first of its kind from the Relationships Alliance, sets out a range of policy ideas to take public policy about relationships from the margins to the mainstream. We will only create the necessary conditions for relationships to thrive if they are put at the heart of public policy and here we outline twelve policy ideas to enable this to happen.

The Alliance's manifesto, presented at the House of Commons in November 2014, outlines 12 recommendations to UK policy-makers on how to improve the nation's relationships: click here