As I was writing my last post, BBC News reported on rumours at the Conservative conference that some sort of marriage tax break was going to be introduced in this Parliament. This, unfortunately, is actually in the Coalition Agreement, tucked away on page 30, where it says:
We will also ensure that provision is made for Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain on budget resolutions to introduce transferable tax allowances for married couples without prejudice to the coalition agreement
I hoped we'd got rid of that idea when nothing was done in Osborne's emergency budget.
That is an idea that is so wrong in principle that being associated with it in any way makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. Why should the State decide that of two couples living next door to each other with the same number of children with one partner staying home to look after them, that only one of those is deserving of a £7500 tax break?
I think it's time to revisit the very strong arguments against such any proposal incentivising marriage, ingeniously produced by Nich Starling, Norfolk Blogger, earlier this year.