Right of Reply: Jack Straw
The Home Secretary responds to our criticism of his Green Paper on the family
Nor do we moralise or issue edicts on personal relationships. We are not interested in lecturing. It is not the business of government to pressurise people into one type of relationship.
Good families come in all shapes and sizes and they all deserve, and will get, our support. But The Independent recognises that a child living with two caring parents will benefit from the stability and attention they receive.
As the evidence shows that this stability is most likely if the parents are married, it must make sense to support those who want to marry by helping them prepare better for life together and offering help when things get difficult. There is nothing illogical about this.
The Independent recognises that families under most stress are those on low incomes. We not only agree but are doing something about it.
Child benefit has been increased by the largest-ever amount with extra help for those who need it most. The working families tax credit and minimum wage are being introduced. The last budget increased by pounds 10 a week income for the 20 per cent of poorest families in our country.
All families will also benefit from the extra pounds 40bn to be invested in our schools and hospitals. But those families who need greatest support will receive it through our pounds 540 million Sure Start programme to ensure their children get the best possible start in life - exactly the type of real help, not slogans, The Independent rightly demands.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 2 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 3 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven
David Tennant defends American accent in Gracepoint, the US Broadchurch remake
Black-ish: America's new 'racist' TV sitcom has had a mixed reception
Cilla, episode 3, ITV - review: Ed Stoppard steals the limelight as Beatles manager Brian Epstein
The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
The Jungle Book: A tale as old as time
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >