RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR MORE TAX BREAKS FOR MARRIED COUPLES – A petition has been signed and delivered to David Cameron, by leading Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and even a smattering of Tory activists, pleading with the Prime Minister to consider giving more tax breaks to married couples.
The marriage tax break of just £150 is seen as far too low; even an insult and is nothing more than an empty gesture – according to the signatories of the petition.
The group feels that married couples should be given so much more, in fact they suggest that tax breaks for married couples should run into the thousands as this would relieve stress within the union and therefore avert marriage breakdowns.
Religious leaders have told Mr. Cameron that marriage is the fundamental building block of society and unless the Government takes measures to protect the sanctity of marriage then the current cost of £46 billion a year used to cover the cost of marriage breakdowns in the UK is set to rise.
Regardless of this claim the Liberal Democrats feel that such a tax break is discriminatory against non-married couples and that all couples living together, regardless of the marital status, should be awarded the tax break – or remove it altogether.
Currently a married couple is able to reduce their partner’s tax bill by £150 a year by transferring £750 of their tax-free personal allowance.
Once again I feel as if the taxpayer is being forced into subsidising another person’s lifestyle choice. Taxpayer’s are already forced to pay for other people’s children; which again is a lifestyle choice.
Why should married couples get a tax break over single people? There are those who feel that everyone should simply pay their own fair share of taxes and not be burdened by another person’s lifestyle choice – some of us prefer to remain single but surely their lifestyle choice shouldn’t involved subsidising married couples; just because they choose to wed.
Whilst religious leaders call on the Government for change they should in fact be barred from having any influence on Government decisions for nobody voted these people into power – in fact it’s about time the House of Lords was stripped of the likes of the Arch Bishop and other religious figures for they should have no place in politics.
They do have a democratic right to protest and provide a written partition but they should be relegated to doing so as with any other member of the public and should be barred from obtaining ‘special audiences’ with senior political figures in order to force across their beliefs.
I’m thinking of buying a new dog and I wonder if the Government or the taxpayer would accept the argument that the animal will become a valued member of my family and therefore provide a tax break for such.
Of course that’s ridiculous for having a pet is a lifestyle choice; that is I don’t need a pet any more than many need to get married but it does appear that certain quarters of a ‘lifestyle’ choice will afford you a little relief from the Government, including marriage and having children.