The Prime Minister has revealed that plans for a tax break for married couples will be introduced "shortly" in a move to head off a revolt by Tory backbenchers. The policy was in the Conservative manifesto, but will face Liberal Democrat opposition.
Julianne Marriott, campaign director of Don't Judge My Family, has said that the proposal of a tax break for married couples favours families with "a breadwinner and a homemaker".
Last week the Government announced £11.5bn of cuts, but this week they can find half a billion pounds for a marriage tax allowance to promote their fantasy 50s family, that's a married couple with a breadwinner and a homemaker.
It's out of step with modern families who come in all shapes and sizes and discriminates against families with single parents, widows and widowers, couples who both work and couples who chose not to marry.
A tax break for married couple was part of the Conservative manifesto for the 2010 general election. Under the heading 'Reform tax and benefits to help families and pensioners' in said:
Today, Labour’s tax and benefits system rewards couples who split up. a Conservative government will end the couple penalty for all couples in the tax credit system as we make savings from our welfare reform plans.
We will recognise marriage and civil partnerships in the tax system in the next Parliament. This will send an important signal that we value couples and the commitment that people make when they get married.