Budget 2013: no marriage tax allowance

Brilliant news: this year’s budget was again a marriage tax allowance free zone. It’s now been three years since the Tories made this a manifesto commitment and it’s half way through the parliamentary term. An announcement made in next year’s budget would be at far more risk of being overturned if a Labour or Labour/Lib Dem government were formed in 2015.

We would like to claim the credit; but we actually believe that despite David Cameron saying he is “personally very committed” to a marriage tax allowance he and his Ministers know that this is not a serious economic policy, but some rhetoric aimed at trying to appease his traditional supporters and voters.

But we won’t be resting until a Government that doesn’t have a marriage tax allowance in its manifesto is elected.