MP de­fends mar­riage tax break plans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update -

PETER­BOR­OUGH MP Ste­wart Jack­son has de­fended the Con­ser­va­tive Party’s idea of tax breaks for mar­ried cou­ples.

The Tory Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment ap­peared on Ra­dio 5 Live “Break­fast” show, pre­sented by Nicky Camp­bell, yes­ter­day morn­ing. It fol­lowed crit­i­cism from deputy prime min­is­ter Nick Clegg, who said that the state should not “use the tax sys­tem to en­cour­age a par­tic­u­lar fam­ily form”.

Speak­ing to the Evening Tele­graph, Mr Jack­son said the tax break, worth up to £150 a year, was “not about the mone­tary value”, but a chance to sig­nal the Govern­ment’s be­lief of mar­riage as an in­sti­tu­tion.

He said: “The sta­bil­ity of fam­ily life around the in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage is quite im­por­tant to pro­vid­ing chil­dren a good up­bring­ing.”

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