MP defends marriage tax break plans
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.”