By Andy Merrett
Jul 11, 2007
Tories propose tax relief for married couples
The UK Conservative Party has proposed that married couples be given a Ã‚Â£20 per week tax and benefit boost.
Leader David Cameron has suggested that the benefits system has to lose its “anti-marriage bias” in order to fix the UK’s “broken society”.
The Labour Party (currently in Government) has said that the proposal would discriminate against single-parent and unmarried families.
Other possible measures would include having a higher level of child benefit, up to Ã‚Â£2,800 per year, in a child’s first 3 years, decreasing as they get older.
These financial incentives would aim to make it easier for one parent to stay at home to look after children.