When a marriage tax break isn’t a marriage tax break

A Tory MP, Tim Loughton, has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill in order to bring in a marriage tax allowance.

But it’s only available for married couples with one parent who stays at home with a child under five. The marriage tax break – originally described as sending a signal that the Tories understand the “value of commitment” – has now morphed into a married-and-stay-at-home-mum-tax-break.

Our postbag is already full of outraged supporters’ questions. What about single parents? What about working parents? What about couples who don’t have kids? What about widow(er)s?


What is the marriage tax allowance about? It’s not about marriage or commitment or child poverty. It’s just a vehicle to placate  the right wing Tories who are grumpy about gay marriage and childcare support for working families. But it also shows that some in the Tories are obsessed by the fantasy fifties family model which is completely out of touch with modern life.

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