IDS warns against relationship counselling cuts

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Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned the government not to cut funding for relationship counselling.

In an article written for the Conservative Home news site, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions called family breakdown an “enormous” problem facing the UK. He claimed that the cost of this issue “has been estimated conservatively at £48 billion per year”.

Not only was there a financial cost, “the risk of poor health from conditions such as coronary heart disease and raised blood pressure increases dramatically” for those going through the breakup of a family, he insisted. In fact, the health issues that stem from this are “equivalent to smoking a packet of cigarettes a day”.

Despite these consequences, Duncan Smith claims the government has asked civil servants to come up with “plans to cut the existing funding going to marriage guidance and other relationship counselling”, which he believes would be “a retrograde step”.

He wrote the article because he was concerned “that this is an area not much understood, or even cared about, … when ranged against other, much more expensive and high profile, areas of [government] expenditure”. If funding is cut, “innumerable families and couples will no longer be able to access marriage and relationship support” he warned.

Back in 2014, while he was a member of the Cabinet, Duncan Smith proposed free relationship counselling for new parents in order to reduce the instances of family breakdown.

Photo of Iain Duncan Smith by Brian Minkoff – London Pixels via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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2 comments

Mr T - August 29, 2017 at 6:23pm

Surely this isn’t for real? So the government are destroying the family unit by implementing feminist policies and they’re also moaning because they’ll have to stop providing counselling for families that they probably contributed to splitting up in the first place?! What kind of twisted logic is this??

If you can answer this one single question he can find out why the family unit is a train wreck.

What reasons do women have to stay in a relationship with or without a child? None.

If they leave they can still get paid from the state and the ex or even multiple exes which are the norm nowadays and their own incomes! They’re laughing! I’d love to be a privileged woman!

The government has forced men to be supplemental income for women, probably multiple women who probably have new partners, it needs to stop.

Ditch the CMS and let’s see what happens to the family unit. I’m guessing it’ll right itself “magically”.

Money is as good a reason as any for women to value the family unit. The government is its own worst enemy. Get rid of the feminist agenda or suffer the consequences of movements like MGTOW.

Dr manhattan - August 29, 2017 at 7:42pm

“the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions called family breakdown an “enormous” problem facing the UK. He claimed that the cost of this issue “has been estimated conservatively at £48 billion per year”.
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Mr Duncan Smith needs to take a look at the thousands of Families being Unlawfully broken up by Local Authorities for no good reason. what about helping them stay together rather than leave the children with strangers till they are 18. how many of those parents are suffering high blood pressure from the stress which could lead to heart attacks. how many have turned to drink and drugs and how many have taken their own lives because they couldnt cope with what has been done to them by corrupt Social workers who are protected by corrupt LA Solicitors.

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