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'Families are the foundations of society – and we know that strong and stable families can have a huge impact on improving the life chances of our children. So in order to build a stronger society and secure Britain’s future we must ensure we support them, and the relationships on which they are built.Ruth Sutherland, Chair of the Relationships Alliance and Chief Executive Officer of Relate, said:
'Today we are bringing this issue centre stage with a new test that will ensure every policy government introduced is assessed for its impact on the family.
'This is the truest representation of government on the side of hard-working families in Britain – demonstrating a clear and unqualified commitment to strengthening and supporting family life for our children and for generations to come.'
'We very much welcome the implementation of the family test, which was announced at our Relationships Summit in August.The Prime Minister set out in August that a families test would be introduced for all domestic government policy and the guidance published today has been developed in consultation with Relationship Alliance and other families and relationships experts.
'This is an important step towards putting families and relationships at the heart of public policy, something we have been campaigning passionately for. We are proud to have supported the development of the test and we look forward to seeing it in action, helping policymakers to put the interests of all families at the centre of their work.'
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