24 Better Ideas
Don’t like the marriage tax allowance? Nor do we. So we asked for suggestions for better ideas. Our report gives 24 better alternatives to a marriage tax break for supporting families, sustaining relationships or giving children the best start in life. Download the report here.
"Because the policy is based on an inaccurate premise - that marriage is better than any other type of relationship. The policy will spend money chasing after an outdated ideal of 1950s male-focused relationship that should be spent on other things like SureStart, domestic violence or addiction work. It must not be implemented"
"I had to go back to work because I couldn't afford to keep staying at home with the kids. Is the government really telling me I that makes me a bad Mum? That's disgusting. How dare they????"
"My Dad died when I was 5. So we don't get anything even though I've lost my Dad and my Mum lost her husband. That's so unfair."
"I don't need a piece of paper to prove that I love my partner. I don't need a piece of paper to prove that I'm not going to leave her. £3 a week would do bugger all for one family. £3 a week for ALL the eligible families adds up to a lot of wasted tax payers money, which should be used elsewhere."
"I am a single parent as a result of domestic abuse.I am a single parent as this is the healthiest way to bring up my child. Single parents don't do it out of choice"
"I am in a very happy co-habiting relationship. We have two lovely children. Why should we be bribed into getting married, when we have both decided this is unsuitable for us? It won't bring us any closer together, and it won't make our family any more stable. The government is basically telling us we're doing it wrong. Marriage is its own reward, surely?"
"The government has no right to tell us how to live our lives!"
"There are millions of people who lead honourable and fulfilling lives and who make huge contributions to society, but choose, for whatever reason, not to marry. This proposal is offensive and insulting to them."
"I have been in a monogamous, heterosexual relationship for 27 years. It is not a 2nd class relationship. Nor would it be if I were gay. I reject the smelly little orthodoxy that says otherwise."
"It's such a waste of money. £3 a week will do nothing to encourage people to get married or stay married but all together, that's loads of money which is better spent on other things."