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 promise to stay together for life – even if no guarantee – removes any lingering ambiguity and sets out a clear plRead more
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 and Wales, and the number of people in receipt of one-parent benefits.
The foundatRead more
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 real temptation to avoid formalising their relationship.
The money comes from tax credits. Because tax credits areRead more
Quarter of a million couples pretend to live apart
Around a quarter of a million of couples are claiming lone parent benefits, while continuing to reap the benefits of a two-parent household.
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 relaxed of all about sex before marriage. Yet we have not abandoned marriage altogether. Nearly half still think couples should marry if they have chRead more