PM announces £1k tax breaks for married couples
MARRIED couples could get tax breaks worth up to £200 a year, according to David Cameron.
The prime minister said four million couples would benefit from a £1,000 transferable tax allowance from 2015.
The tax break would apply if couples are both basic rate tax payers and would also include 15,000 couples in civil partnerships.
That means that - including a personal allowance - at current rates people would have to earn less than £41,451 a year to be eligible.
The move, announced ahead of the Tory conference which starts on Sunday, comes after a deal with the Liberal Democrats to introduce free school meals for under eights.
Labour said the Conservatives were "out of touch" if he thought the people would get married "for £3.85 a week".
Writing in the Daily Mail today, Mr Cameron said: "There is something special about marriage: it's a declaration of commitment, responsibility and stability that helps to bind families.
"The values of marriage are give and take, support and sacrifice - values that we need more of in this country."
He tweeted: "The £1,000 marriage tax allowance will apply to straight and gay couples, as well as civil partners. Love is love, commitment is commitment."
Mr Cameron said stay-at-home mothers and women who worked part-time would be the main winners.
The Liberal Democrats are opposed to the measure but under the coalition agreement they would not be able to vote against it in any parliamentary vote but could abstain.
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, told the BBC: "Each party at their conference has launched a policy that costs about the same - somewhere between half a billion and a billion pounds.
"So the Liberal Democrats had something on free school meals, Labour had something on childcare, the Conservatives have got something on tax allowances.
"Each one is a small lollipop in the context of £25bn of cuts being expected over the following two years - none of them have said much about how they're going to do that."
What do you think? Email Citizen.firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below