We believe that it is time to take family failure seriously. Indeed, we developed our Cost of Family Failure Index to illustrate this point. Substantial costs that once were borne within families are now an ever-growing charge to the public purse. Since we began the exercise in 2009 the estimated cost has risen from £37 billion to £ 47 billion.
We believe that what is most needed is a fundamental shift in the perspective of politicians and policy makers in favour of families. As such, advocating a major change at the heart of government is, at this stage, more important to us than making a series of detailed policy proposals.
Above all, we want to see responsibility for families and relationships represented at Cabinet level in government.
In this context we also think that:
- It’s time for the Triple Test
- It’s time for the Family Deal
- It’s time for the Family Day Bill
- It’s time for the Family Test