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Agency calls on government to make families a priority
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¬†Cardinal Cormac will meet Margaret Hodge, Minister for Children, Young People and Families for the first time tomorrow, when he joins a parliamentary briefing calling on government to make support for families a priority in the run-up to a general election. It builds on the Caritas ≠ social action policy report : 'Keeping Families Afloat', published in May, which takes stock of the reality of family life in England and Wales today and calls on Government to extend the quantity and quality of family support services. The MP's briefing, to be shared with Margaret Hodge states: 'The past three decades have seen massive social changes that have created immense pressures for families to contend with. It is not acceptable that the state intervenes in families only when they have broken down completely. By investing in families earlier we prevent costly and often ineffective intervention. There is an urgent need for a renewed political commitment to support and strengthen family life. A hands-off approach is actually a betrayal of families, especially those families that are most vulnerable." Sarah Lindsell, director of Caritas-social action said: "Most politicians wouldn't think of passing a bill or developing an initiative without asking, "What's the economic or environmental impact?" Caritas-social ction has been encouraging government to routinely ask what the impact of policies or programmes might be for families. As a society, we need to make families our priority; to invest in their future; to combat the forces ≠ cultural, economic and moral ≠ which hurt families; to manage our economy, shape our government and direct our institutions to support and not undermine our families. We need in other words to adopt a family perspective." Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said: "Catholic social teaching is clear that families are the building blocks of society. Historically the Church has been an advocate for strong family life. We continue to argue that far from being an idealistic dream, building strong families is a sensible and cost-effective goal of Government social policy." The briefing on 15 December 2004 at the Houses of Parliament is being hosted by Caritas' parliamentary friends Andy King MP and Joe Benton MP, and will bring together representatives from the Catholic voluntary sector with cross-party Christian parliamentarians who are supportive of the family perspective campaign. To read the 'Keeping Families Afloat' parliamentary briefing paper visit: Source: CCS
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