Anger over marriage tax breaks

 

George Osborne has infuriated Tory MPs by reportedly ruling out tax breaks for married couples in the Budget.

The Chancellor has been accused of "kow-towing" to the Liberal Democrats by refusing to include measures.

Recognising marriage in the tax system has long been a demand of Conservative traditionalists. The coalition agreement provides for proposals to be brought forward, although the junior party's MPs are entitled to abstain in any vote on the issue.

However, senior Treasury sources have told the Sunday Telegraph that the idea will not feature in next month's crucial financial package.

Stewart Jackson MP, who stepped down from the Government last year as a ministerial aide, said deferring the introduction of marriage tax allowances represented a "failure of leadership" by David Cameron.

"I urge George Osborne to reconsider this decision," he told the newspaper. "There is a great deal of evidence that shows marriage has many economic and other benefits to society.

"Not to introduce this feels like kow-towing to the Liberal Democrats.

"Our supporters say they want this and they put us where we are. We need to deliver what they want."

Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, told the Telegraph: "We need tax cuts to help the recovery. A transferable allowance for married couples supports the institution of marriage, making it even more laudable.

"The Government should be doing more to cut public spending and cut taxes. Half of the cost of marriage tax allowances could be paid for simply by cutting aid to India."

Philip Hollobone, the Tory MP for Kettering, said he largely blamed the delayed implementation of this tax relief on opposition from the Lib Dem high command.

"Not the first time the Liberal Democrats are blocking a policy that most voters want to see introduced - it only shows how out of touch they are," said Mr Hollobone.

"They support things like the Alternative Vote and the European Court of Human Rights which most people do not want. Then they block a policy like this that most people support.

"We are running out of time to introduce this policy - any delay is a disappointment and will be seen as such by our supporters."

Mr Cameron has repeatedly spoken of his support for recognising marriage in the tax system, as has Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Before the general election the Tories proposed a transferable tax allowance that could have been worth £150 a year to married couples and civil partnerships.

Last year Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used a keynote speech to mock Conservative support for a married couples' tax allowance.

"We shouldn't take a particular version of the family institution, such as the 1950s model, and try and preserve it in aspic," he said.

Budget negotiations between the coalition partners have been intensifying as the Budget approaches.

Mr Clegg has urged for faster process towards increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,000, while Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has called for higher-rate tax relief on pensions to be scrapped.

The Chancellor is coming under pressure from some Tory ministers to axe the 50p top rate of tax - a move opposed by the Lib Dems.

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA celebration of British elections
Arts and Entertainment
Kanye West, performing in New York last week, has been the subject of controversy as rock's traditional headline slot at Glastonbury is lost once again
music
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Life and Style
Drinking - often heavily - is a running theme throughout HBO's Game of Thrones adaptation
food + drink
News
people
  • Get to the point
2015 General Election
May2015

Poll of Polls

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Senior Digital Marketing Consultant

£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...

Recruitment Genius: Assistant Stores Keeper

£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...

Recruitment Genius: Claims Administrator

£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...

Recruitment Genius: Software Developer - C# / ASP.NET / SQL

£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living