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Government to 'family test' new laws

By Wesleyan

The Government has revealed it will be family testing its policies in the future.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says ministers will not give any new laws and policies the go-ahead, until they have successfully undergone five tests to make sure they improve or do no harm to family life in Britain.

It means the officials behind Government proposals will have to take into account how they are likely to affect the formation of families, important life changes, separations, family breakdowns and different family members.

The idea of a family test was first aired in a speech David Cameron made during the summer. He said then that every Government policy would be scrutinised for its effect on family life.

He told the Relationships Alliance that he wanted the Government to help people build stable, lasting families. The alliance provided some of the family experts who are behind the new guidance.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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