Families are at the heart of our long-term economic plan.
Supporting family life helps secure a better future for the next generation. That’s why we’re doing all we can to help families by:
1. Supporting parents
We’re nearly doubling the annual relationship support budget to £19.5m, helping more families stay together.
2. Helping troubled families
We’re extending our support programme for troubled families, helping with problems such as unemployment, debt and truancy. That will give many of our most vulnerable children a more stable and secure start in life.
3. Giving more children a family
The number of adoptions increased by a quarter last year, thanks to more financial support for councils and voluntary groups, and speeding up the adoption process. These improvements balance the need to find families for children with robust checks of adoptive parents.
We’re now going even further. From this year, all school children adopted from care will benefit from £1,900 of pupil premium money; and from next year, adoptive parents will receive more help with our new £19m Adoption Support Fund.
4. Putting families at the heart of our plan
Every single domestic policy that we propose will be examined for its impact on the family – and only approved if it passes the ‘family test’. That ensures the family is always at the heart of our long-term economic plan.
By supporting families in all that we do, we’re helping secure a stronger society today and a better future for Britain tomorrow.
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