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Families: Disadvantaged

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL3576, tabled on 24 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government, prior to the Budget Statement, what was their planned expenditure on the Department for Work and Pensions' relationship support work for (1) 2018–19, and (2) 2019–20; and where these figures were published.

Answered on

30 November 2017

We published Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families in April 2017 where we announced a spend of up to £30m to launch the new Reducing Parental Conflict Programme.

Planned spend in 17/18 is £5.91m. Funding allocations to projects/business areas in future years are decided on an annual basis and are subject to internal prioritisation – the funding that was announced as part of the 2017 Autumn Budget safeguards £15m pa investment on relationship support/parental conflict in 18/19 and 19/20.

DWP has no plans to fund other projects than those mentioned in the budget statement, however, strengthening families is a cross-government objective and other government departments will be able to confirm their own plans in this area.