Invest in Relationships 


Please sign BACP and Relate's petition calling on the Government to invest more in relationship support, to ensure it’s available to everyone who needs it. 



Couple and family relationships are vital for adults’ health and wellbeing, as well as children’s long-term life chances. All relationships hit hard times at some stage and without support they can easily become distressed or break down, often with devastating consequences for everyone, particularly children.  


At times of difficulty evidence shows relationship support can make a world of difference. However, relationship counselling is not generally commissioned as a public service or available on the NHS. Relate and some other charities offer sliding fee scales, and subsidised or free counselling where possible, but without sustainable funding their ability to expand provision is restricted.  


Evidence suggests that low income families are likely to experience increased strains on their relationships because of financial pressures. Their financial vulnerability also means they are less able to afford relationship support. 


Relate and BACP believe it is crucial that counselling is accessible to anyone who needs it, regardless of income, which is why we are launching our Invest in Relationships campaign.  


Please sign our petition calling on the Government to provide more funding for relationship support, to ensure equality of access to counselling for all relationships.