Only 42% of people believe that couples should marry before they have children, according to the new British Social Attitudes survey reported in today’s Daily Mail.
This comes just a few weeks before the Government is set to announce its plans to introduce a marriage tax allowance designed to “send a signal” that marriage is best.
Research shows that it’s not marriage, but the parent’s qualifications and income that affect their children’s outcomes. But despite that the Government still intends to spend £550m on trying to promote marriage, rather than helping all families.
And now research shows that the British public aren’t judging families, recognising that great families come in all shapes and sizes.
So why is the Government?