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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 policies to face 'family friendly' test

The Prime Minister will set out plans in a speech today to make the Government more "family friendly" Credit: PA

The family is going to be put at the centre of Government policy, David Cameron will announce today.

In a speech, the Prime Minister will set out plans for every policy to have to pass a "family friendly" test from October.

He is expected to say that too often parents and children are overlooked or left worse off by reforms.

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

The speech comes ahead of a major extension of the Government's programme to tackle troubled families, set up in the wake of the 2011 London riots.

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