Mr James Deuchers Grandparents Apart UK 22 Alness Crescent GLASGOW
Castle View House
Tel: 0870 000 2288 www.education.gov.uk!contactus
Our ref: 201010067067 7 October 2010
Dear Mr Deuchers
Thank you for your letter to nick Clegg about grandparent’s rights. As you will appreciate Mr Clegg receives a great deal of correspondence and is unable to reply personally to each one. Your letter has been forwarded to the Department for Education because we have policy responsibility for family law. On this occasion I have been asked to reply and would firstly like to apologise for the delay in replying.
The Coalition Government recognises that grandparents can play an important role in children's lives. Many grandparents are involved with the care of their grandchildren and most children see their grandparents as important figures in their lives.
You may be aware that the family justice system is currently being reviewed. The review panel will examine what changes may be needed to the system as a whole to ensure it best benefits all children and families involved with family proceedings; including the question of access rights for grandparents. The review panel will report in 2011. If any changes are to be made to the family justice system, we will of course make an announcement in due course.
Public Communications Unit