UK Government ‘failing to tackle family breakdown’

Telegraph (UK) 21 May 2012
The Coalition Government is failing to tackle the “tragic breakdown of family life”, breaking pledges to support marriage, Iain Duncan Smith’s think-tank has said. The Centre for Social Justice found a “political tug-of-war” had meant efforts to strengthen family life had fallen flat, with a “dangerous” lack of progress in introducing transferable tax allowances. According to the think tank’s annual report, the Government had also failed to eliminate the “couple penalty” in the welfare system and were “repeating the mistakes” of the previous Labour administrations. This, it claimed, meant childcare and parental leave have been chief pre-occupations, with differences between Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians resulting in a “frustrating lack of coherence in tackling the tragic breakdown of family life”. Furthermore, the report warns last year’s riots “underline the urgency of the social challenges facing the country”. It scores the Government just four marks out of ten for measures to “reverse family breakdown”, with two out of ten for their approach to the voluntary and community sector.