At last… family matters

What policies will turn out to be crucial in deciding the outcome of the general election? It’s a question that’s taxing the minds of the brightest and best in the side streets of Westminster just now. In the past the shorthand has described a particular type of voter that the parties have in mind for developing their appeal: hands up if you were ‘Mondeo Man’ or ‘Worcester Woman’ in a previous existence. This time around there may be a slightly greater cross-section of the the British public in view. It seems that parents are particularly in focus and that family policy may take centre stage (not that you have to be the former to be included in the latter). This is welcome because there are some key issues at stake when it comes to the future shape and health of society. So let’s contribute to an open debate. The Bible inspires us to promote family relationships at the heart of society, just as they were in the Israelite community with all its laws of justice, provision and protection. We have much to say but the way we say it will determine whether we have hearts full of compassion or simply an agenda to promote. We’d love to see the foundation of  Family Relationship Centres around the country to provide better proactive guidance and to be the first point of referral for those facing difficulties. We believe the removal of the couple penalty will help to sustain and support marriage. And we think the role of fathers in their children’s lives should be taken into account in new policy initiatives. Any other ideas- do let us know.

further reading on support for marriage can be found here.


2 thoughts on “At last… family matters

    1. In principle I want to encourage the parents of young mums and dads to take responsibility- but this is not always possible or desirable. For the most vulnerable, there are excellent specialist fostering schemes where mums and babies live with families, who provided care and informal mentoring. The hostel idea is not a new one (the Tories suggested something similar in 1993) and has some merit provided the emphasis is on caring for the mum and training for independent living. And, of course, it raises the continuing issue of the quality of sex and relationships programmes in schools.

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