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The Family Test

HoC Library publishes briefing about test and the calls for statutory implementation

The Family Test was introduced in 2014 in England. All new domestic laws and government policies must face the Family Test to make sure they support strong and stable families. The Department for Work and Pensions has published departmental advice on carrying out the Family Test. The Family Test is not a statutory requirement and publishing the results is encouraged but not required. Relatively few Family Test results have been published leading to criticism that the policy is not yet successfully embedded in all Government Departments.

David Cameron announced the introduction of the Family Test in a speech in August 2014:

"I said previously that I wanted to introduce a family test into government. Now that test is being formalised as part of the impact assessment for all domestic policies. Put simply that means every single domestic policy that government comes up with will be examined for its impact on the family."

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing about the test. To read it, click here.