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PUBLICATION ON HOUSING CONSEQUENCES OF RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN

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Housing Minister Sir George Young today welcomed the publication of the recommendations of a Working Party that has...
Housing Minister Sir George Young today welcomed the publication of the recommendations of a Working Party that has been examining the housing consequences of relationship breakdown.

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.

'I welcome the contributions that these publications will make to the debate about the family and what might be done in terms of housing when relationships break down. I look forward to receiving the views of local authorities, housing associations and other interested parties on the recommendations in the Working Party's report.'
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