In The News24 Nov 2013
Investing in relationships can save money
According to the newly launched Relationships Alliance – comprising the charities One Plus One, Relate, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and Marriage Care – poor relationships come at a high price and impede prosperity. Family breakdown affects health, employment, the wellbeing of children and the taxpayer’s pocket. The alliance estimates that it costs every taxpayer £1,470 a year, a sum that includes, for instance, increased housing benefit, tax credits, health needs and care in older age once a family is divided. According to research by the Department of Education, relationship support, especially valuable at times of transition such as the arrival of a child, redundancy or retirement, has a substantial cost benefit attached to it.
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