Yesterday the Prime Minister not only confirmed his intention to spend £700m on marriage tax breaks that most married people won’t get, but also said that he wanted to go even further.
As reported in the Mirror, David Cameron said:
“I believe in marriage, I believe marriage should be recognised in the tax system. I see this as yes, a start of something I would like to extend further,”
There’s no evidence that marriage tax breaks will encourage couples to marry or stay married (or that we a Government should encourage people to marry) and it discriminates against married couples who both work, separated and single parents, widows and widowers and couples who cohabit. Only one in five families with children will get the tax breaks.
Don’t Judge My Family has just published our advent calendar and report “Help don’t judge: 24 better ideas than a marriage tax allowance” which suggests better ideas for spending £700m which would help all families: investing in childcare for all, reversing £430m Sure Start cuts, halting the plans to reduce payments to newly widowed parents and providing free relationship counselling for all couples that need help.
However it seems that the Prime Minister instead wants to spend £700m of public money on what he himself has called a “signal”.