Supporting families

Issue 135 (Winter 2010)

Supporting the family is key to both the Government’s and the Conservatives’ approach to eradicating child poverty, and is one of the major issues on which the election is likely to be fought. But are the underlying assumptions about the family that are driving current policies correct, and are they being implemented effectively? Here, Philippa Stroud from the Centre for Social Justice argues that providing greater financial support for couples will reduce the sort of family breakdown that generates poverty, while Sarah Jackson from Working Families stresses the economic and social benefits of introducing family-friendly policies in the workplace.