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Government at last beginning to understand why marriage matters

September 30th, 2013 by

Press release from the Marriage Foundation, 28th September 2013 Today’s announcement of £200 tax relief for married couples is the first clear policy in support of marriage in a generation. Politicians are finally catching up with what the research has been confirming for years and human nature has been saying for millennia. Marriage matters. Making a […]

Sunday Times article: ‘240,000 couples claim to be apart to grab lone-parent benefit’

September 16th, 2013 by

Almost a quarter of a million couples with children are pretending to live apart to claim lone parent benefits worth up to £7,100 a year, according to a report by The Marriage Foundation. The organisation found a discrepancy of 240,000 between the Office for National Statistics’ figure on the number of lone-parent households in England […]

The Times article: “It’s only fair to get rid of the marriage penalty”

September 16th, 2013 by

Do you realise you’d be £6,000 per year better off if you divorced me, I asked my wife last week. Fortunately, her brief and dismissive response suggested that I’m worth rather more to her than that. For a younger couple, however, starting out in life with their first baby, this sort of money presents a […]

End the couple penalty which encourages couples to ‘pretend to live apart’

September 15th, 2013 by

Quarter of a million couples pretend to live apart Over 240,000 couples with children are pretending to live apart to claim lone parent benefits Couples with children are up to £7,100 better off if they are not married and pretend to live apart The Marriage Foundation calls for the introduction of an additional child benefit […]

Regaining confidence in marriage

September 10th, 2013 by

Today’s issue of the British Social Attitudes Survey highlights how attitudes to marriage, sex and parenthood have changed over thirty years. The big picture suggests that we have lost confidence in marriage. Attitudes have become more liberal. We have become more relaxed about whether those who have children should get married. And we are most […]