£46bn: Cost of family failure remains very high


Our annual “Cost of Family Failure Index” continues to receive widespread attention. Most notably it was used by the Department for Education in their evaluation of the cost effectiveness of relationship support services including those provided by Relat...

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A welcome flexing of the muscles


Relationships Foundation welcomes the social justice strategy presented today by Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and chair of the social justice cabinet committee.

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Family policy has become a pawn in coalition politics


In today’s speech on the nature of an Open Society, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg included a widely-trailed swipe at marriage tax allowances, using cheap debating points not worthy of a sixth former.

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Michael Trend
Executive Director

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After studying at the University of Oxford Michael started work as a volunteer at Toynbee Hall in London's East End. Since then he has chiefly worked in journalism and politics. He held senior posts in the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator and was the Editor of History Today and the parliamentary House Magazine.  He was the Chief Leader Writer of the Daily Telegraph when, in 1992, he was elected as the MP for Windsor.  For three years he was also the Deputy Chairman and Director General of the Conservative Party (1995-98). He stood down at the 2005 election. Michael has a strong interest in  human rights: he was Vice-Chairman of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and has led election delegations for the Washington-based International Republican Institute.  He joined RF as Executive Director in 2008.

John Ashcroft
Research Director

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John has been with Relationships Foundation since it was launched. As Research Director, his time is split between identifying and developing new projects, managing ongoing research programmes and advising on strategy and direction. John holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and a Master of Theology from King's College, London. John's work has included consultancy and training for a wide range of  private, public and third sector organisations. He is the co-author of The Case for Interprofessional Collaboration (2005) and Relationships in the NHS: Bridging the Gap (2000).


Danielle Greene
Communications and Development Manager

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Danielle studied Law at Cambridge University and at the University of Poitiers (France). At Cambridge she was involved in various volunteer projects, primarily working with young people aspiring to reach higher education. Since graduating in 2012 Danielle has worked for several companies in administrative and technical roles. She recently joined the Relationships Foundation as their Development and Communicatons Manager.