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Explain the measures adopted by the governments since 1997 to support the family? The Labour Party believes that families are at the heart of our society and the basis of our future as a country. That is why this Government is so committed to strengthening family life. Nevertheless they are under stress, and although most families do not want interference, they do want advice and support to be there when they need it. The Labour Party family policy is based on three simple principles: * Children must come first. They aim to ensure that the next generation gets the best possible start in life. * Children need stability. There are many successful kinds of relationship outside marriage, but they share the belief of the majority of people that marriage is the surest way for couples to bring up their children. ...read more.


Strengthening marriage and reducing the risks of family breakdown v. Tackling the more serious problems of family life, such as domestic violence, truancy and school-age pregnancy. In Britain today, millions of children are being raised in poverty, and millions more live in families that find it hard to make ends meet. That is why the Labour Government is reforming the tax and benefit system to ensure that families get the financial help they need. The Labour Party have already announced and acted upon certain areas in financing the families of Britain: i. A new Working Families Tax Credit, providing help for up to 1.5 million families on low incomes. It will ease the poverty trap, support working families with more generous benefits, guarantee a minimum income of �190 a week for families earning the ...read more.


The Labour Party broader strategies on social exclusion address these severe fundamental problems: i. Problems with children's learning such as truancy, exclusions and underperformance, through our �500 million Pupil Support Grant, a programme to cut truancy, unruly classroom behaviour and unnecessary exclusions; and by spelling out the rights and responsibilities of parents, children and schools. ii. Juvenile offending, including parenting and child safety orders to help parents with their children's offending behaviour iii. Teenage pregnancy, looking at ways to improve education and support services for all, and to encourage boys to take more responsibility for their actions. iv. Domestic violence, including better reporting, a tougher attitude by the police and courts, the first national survey of refuges for survivors of violence, and a new publicity campaign. ?? ?? ?? ?? Fredrick Elliott Monday, 07 May 2007 ...read more.

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