Today we had a letter published in the The Times about the marriage tax allowance. The text is below:
Child poverty is set to rise by over 1 million by 2020. Austerity measures continue to affect working age families severely. Wages are stagnant. In this tough climate it is simply astonishing that some MPs are pushing for some married couples to be given a tax break. Not single parents, not widows and widowers, not cohabiting couples, and not married couples where both parents work – but only married couples with a child under 5 where one parent, usually the mother, doesn’t work (or doesn’t work enough to earn over the income tax threshold).
One in four families with kids in the UK is headed by a single parent and nearly one in six is headed by a cohabiting couple. Every year thousands of couples choose to get married, and we wish them well in doing so. But not everyone wants to get married, and not everyone’s marriage works out. That’s why we’re calling on MPs to oppose any marriage tax break and oppose penalising many modern families. When so many families are struggling, the government cannot justify spending hundreds of millions giving tax breaks based on marital status.
Josie Cluer, Director, Don’t Judge My Family
Fiona Weir, Chief Executive, Gingerbread
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus