The Recommendations of the Relationship Breakdown Working Party, and a research report on the housing consequences of relationship breakdown set out proposals on what action local councils can take to deal with the problem.
Sir George Young said: 'Relationship breakdown currently affects thousands of families every year. It should not be regarded as inevitable, and in many cases keeping a couple together is the best solution for everybody.
'I recognise that this may not always be appropriate especially where domestic violence is involved. The research report shows what actually happens in housing terms to people undergoing relationship breakdown. The working party's recommendations represent action which local housing authorities, housing associations and the Government could take to tackle the problems sometimes associated with relationship breakdown, including making better use of housing stock.