Today the Chancellor demonstrated his acting skills by announcing that he was proud of the marriage tax break. It’s well known that the Chancellor does not support the transferable tax allowance.
However he did say he was proud that the tax break would help four million families. But what he didn’t do was refer to the over eight million married couples who wont’t get a marriage tax break. And that’s because they don’t have a fantasy fifties marriage with a breadwinner and homemaker.
The Chancellor also didn’t mention that fewer than one in five families with children will get the allowance. Or that some of the poorest families ,with single, widowed or cohabiting parents, won’t get any help either.
The Chancellor also made no reference to the cost of the tax break – which will now probably be over £700m.
If the Government really wants to help families they could take a look at our 24 better ideas than a marriage tax break.
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