Today the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has used the Times to call for a marriage tax break saying the Government hasn’t done enough to encourage marriage or to “support mothers who stay at home”.
Like politicians, who mistake correlation for cause, he believes that using the tax system to promote a fantasy 1950s family and discriminate against people who are divorced, bringing up children alone or cohabiting will somehow encourage more people to marry and stay married and save the Government £9bn.
The marriage tax allowance will cost £550m and even its proponents admit they do not believe it will actually encourage people to marry or stay married.
As our politicians and faith leaders seem unable to lead the way with policies that will actually help families we’re asking you what you’d do. How would you spend £550m. If you’ve got an idea please be a part of our Call for Evidence.