Relate Dorset & South Wilts calls on local candidates to support relationships if elected

Relate Dorset & South Wilts is calling on candidates in local constituencies to make supporting healthy couple, co-parenting and family relationships a priority if they are elected on 8th June.  The charity is launching the Relationships Alliance 2017 Manifesto  in conjunction with other relationships charities, OnePlusOne, Tavistock Relationships and Marriage Care.  The Manifesto contains seven key policy priorities including investing in free or subsidised relationship support for disadvantaged groups.

Relate says that through supporting relationships any future government would help to resolve parental conflict, reduce health demand, and improve children’s performance at school. 

The Alliance has based its manifesto priorities on a growing body of evidence demonstrating the value of relationship support services to society and the economy. For example, the Government’s own evaluation found that relationship counselling could save £11.40 for every £1 spent.*

Sheila Maycock, Centre Manager at Relate Dorset & South Wilts , said: “Poor quality relationships are often at the root of so many of society’s problems including mental health issues, homelessness, debt, loneliness and poor physical health. By ensuring that relationship support is available to everyone who needs it, no matter what their income, we’re confident that local statutory authorities would see vast improvements in local health and wellbeing and reduced pressure on public services.”

Relationships Alliance Manifesto 2017 policy priorities

1. A new comprehensive cross-government relationships strategy, with a cabinet Minister for Families and Relationships.

2. Training for frontline practitioners about relationships.

3. Relationships and Sex Education must be taught by trained, confident experts in charities and specialist teachers.

4. Develop a clear focus on out-of-court alternative dispute resolution.

5. Invest in a programme of universal information, self-help and preventative relationship support.

6. Fund provision of affordable (subsidised/free) relationship support for low-income and disadvantaged groups.

7. Expand the availability of couple therapy for depression within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

Click here to see the full version of The Relationships Alliance Manifesto 2017, including supporting evidence.

Counselling changes lives. Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire’s non-judgmental services support couples, families, young people and friends of all backgrounds and sexual orientations. Call us on 01302 380 900  or visit our website for more information.