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David Cameron: Government will be more 'family friendly'

Government policy will be more "family friendly" from the autumn, under plans to be set out by David Cameron.

Assessing the impact of measures on families will become part of the formal Whitehall process from October, given the same status as issues such as cost effectiveness and the environment, the Prime Minister will announce in a speech today.

A doubling of taxpayer funding for relationship counselling to £19.5 million will also be announced.

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Government has 'ignored families'

For too long the Government has taken decisions "which ignore the impact on family," David Cameron will to say today, in a speech that will set out plans to make all domestic policies pass a "family friendly" test.

The Prime Minister will also announce that taxpayer funding for relationship counselling is to be doubled.

Mr Cameron is expected to say:

For someone from my political viewpoint who believes in building a stronger society from the bottom up, there is no better place to start than with family.

I want every government department to be held to account for the impact of their policies on the family.

The reality is that in the past the family just hasn't been central to the way government thinks.

So you get a whole load of policy decisions which take no account of the family and sometimes make these things worse.

We can't go on having Government taking decisions like this which ignore the impact on the family.

– David Cameron

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