Budget briefing 2014
"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."
"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 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?"
"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."
"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."
"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 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 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????"
"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 The policy will spend money chasing after an outdated ideal of 1950s male-focused relationship that should be spent on other things like SureStart, domestic violence or addiction work.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"