Life chances and family stability

The previous Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the development of a "life chances" strategy in January 2016. The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has placed a similar emphasis on supporting struggling families.

Discussions are already underway across national and local government about what this means in practice, with a wide variety of views about what an effective life chances strategy could and should look like. Family stability is often at the heart of these discussions, particularly for those with young children, influenced by our growing understanding of the negative consequences of poverty and instability in the early years.

The pressures and influences on stability are, of course, diverse and often complex. The examples provided here demonstrate some local approaches to promoting stability against the backdrop of considerable pressures on funding for early intervention. The LGA will release a publication with further examples in November.

8 December 2016