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Latest LIBOR funding announcement

In response to The Rt Hon George Osborne MP's announcement about the latest LIBOR funding.

Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund said:

"While society readily recognises the sacrifices made by serving personnel, it is all too easy to overlook the impact that Service life can have upon families. So it is very pleasing to see the Government recognising the importance of the wider family unit in the Armed Forces community through the LIBOR Fund.A couple

"We are delighted that the Government has today announced that £75,000 has been made available to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to launch a Building Stronger Families Course. This course will enable us to provide support to RAF personnel and their families in advance of marital and relationship difficulties, by helping people make their relationships more robust and resilient. This new course will be made available across the RAF and will be an excellent adjunct to the Relationship Counselling programme that we already run with Relate.

"This latest announcement takes our total funding from the Second Tranche of LIBOR funding to £400k.

"As the RAF's leading welfare charity, we know that RAF families face unique challenges - long periods of separation, regular relocation and recently increasing financial and organisational uncertainty. We are committed to reducing the strain on RAF personnel and their partners, whether at home or on the front line.

"Over the last six years, we have been rolling out a range of new services, specially designed to take some of the pressure off serving families. In 2012, we spent over £3.7 million on supporting the serving RAF. This included the Relationship Counselling programme which provided over 1,500 free counselling sessions to more than 770 unique clients.

"The LIBOR funding will enable us to enhance our support in this important area, in order to provide couples with advice and guidance both before and at the time of pivotal moments in their relationships and service, and hopefully mitigate the negative aspects that Service Life can inadvertently have on relationships and families."

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