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Social Policy

Put that the Prime Minister had said in the past that family was central to social policy, and did he also now think that marriage was as well, the PMOS said that he had to be careful to not get drawn into party politics. However, the core of the issue was about how a relatively small group, but a group nonetheless that had fallen through the net, to be dealt with. That was precisely why we had published a social exclusion plan recently that looked at intensive support for the poorest people in society. That was also why we had appointed an independent advisor, Lisa Harker, on child poverty as well. Therefore, the key, in terms of the Government’s response had been to target help for those had fallen through the net.

Asked if the Prime Minister believed that those people were from broken homes or were unmarried, the PMOS replied that what the Prime Minister’s belief was that people had to bear the responsibility of bringing up children, and therefore, what was the best way in which to do that which was the issue. Equally, what people had to do was to provide target help for those had fallen through the net, but in overall terms, chid poverty levels in the UK were now at a 15 year low.

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