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Marriage Tax Breaks: Cameron Faces Revolt
Tax breaks for married couples will not be part of next month's Budget, a senior Government source has said.
The news is likely to upset many Conservative backbenchers who have suggested the change should be included in Chancellor George Osborne's next Budget in return for their supporting plans to introduce gay marriage.
The Conservative general election manifesto pledged to introduce a marriage tax break, and the commitment was included in the coalition agreement.
It is expected that one member of a married couple or civil partnership would be allowed to transfer £750 of their tax-free personal allowance to their partner, reducing their tax bill. This would be worth around £150 a year to basic-rate taxpayers.
But the senior Government source flatly rejected the idea of a "quid pro quo" deal, and ruled out a marriage tax break featuring in the Budget.
"It won't be in the Budget but it will be in this Parliament," the source said. "This Budget obviously, with all that has happened in recent weeks and months, will be very much focused on growth in the economy".
Mr Cameron views the introduction of same-sex marriage - which is expected to split his MPs when it is put to a Commons vote next week - as the "Conservative Party delivering the promise it made".
"This is a difficult issue for some in the Conservative Party and he understands the strong feelings that people have, and of course it's a free vote," the source said.
"He is proud of the fact that it's a coalition Government with strong Conservative participation that is bringing forward a modern and progressive change.
"It is good to encourage people to come together and stay together."
The source also said Mr Osborne had the "full confidence" of the Prime Minister - insisting he will still be Chancellor at the 2015 general election.
It came as some MPs are said to be circulating a letter demanding that Mr Osborne is replaced as the economy continues to falter.
"He is an extremely successful Chancellor. He is battling very difficult economic circumstances," the source said.
"George Osborne will be Chancellor at the next general election."
The issue of gay marriage is causing Conservative party members to quit in significant numbers, according to The Times.
Backbenchers insist the issue has sparked "serious unrest" among the party's rank and file and are claiming some constituencies have lost as many as 100 card-carrying Tories each.
Conservative headquarters, however, does not hold up-to-date membership records, the newspaper said.
Tory MP David Burrowes told The Times: "There's serious unrest in the grassroots. You cannot avoid the fact that the troops are unhappy. People are drifting away."
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what do you think?
Hands up if any US actually believe ANYTHING that is sprouted on what we Shall Do during our run to win being head honcho and leading Party for the UK Government "so in context we will only do anything if those nasty common people start causing trouble i look bad then" in being able to vote for past 32 yrs i have never taken anything any party has sprouted in the end you will be screwed over
Tee hee! Baffled again...
sorry to be rude,what are you trying to say
trying to buy votes,, sorry but the 2 main patries a crooked
And the lib dens as well they'll go along with any party and agree with any policy to "be in power "
Our brand new, unasked for ex-gobsmith Police Commissionaire is asking for a 3.5% increase in her budget from our council tax. No mention of this while she was campaigning for her seat on the newly created gravy train. A wise old woman told me many years ago, "Take all of the world's politicians, place them in a big sack, then whack it hard with a big stick, you will hit the right one". This latest batch of gobsmiths of the Con/Lab/Lib party are the worst yet, self serving traitors the lot of them.
another broken promise......
Bring on a UKIP government. Nigel Farage is the only man to be trusted..
you think this govt is bad. if we get the 'kippers in we might as well fill our pockets with bricks + go swimming. The 'acceptable' face of racism? No thanks.
If the acceptable face of racism, means i can communicate with the bus driver in an English tongue, then that's for me.
Bring on a UKIP government and their 32% flat rate of tax for everyone eh? They are just the Tories who left the Tories because they aren't right wing enough.
UKIP are the only party who even fractionally represent me. Nowt to do with right wing or left wing, just sense, something socialists were not exactly blessed with.
So where are the socialists L.A ? If you mean Labour, they are as right wing as the Tories. UKIP are the swivel-eyed tendency, God help us if they ever gain power
rying to be objective here with regard to mr Farage but i cannot see him as trustworthy at all. I think he comes across as smug, doesn't listen well to others without sneering and is disingenous as well
So every Tory will know not vote for them but ukip instead. Cameron and Osborne are the worst this country have ever had
WLU. Lord knows but there will be something. Then Millibland can spend 3 years saying it's not my fault guv it was the mess the last lot left. Sound familiar?
tax the single man to death so you can give to the married man . divide and rule
Stephen, don't you think that the married man is also taxed to death ? they are only giving back money that was stolen years ago. But don't worry, it will never happen in your lifetime
money stolen years ago ? please explain
We rob our armed services and increase aid to the rest of the world,Camaroon is doing a wonderfull job for UKIP. Long may he continue.
What about a tax break for pensioners or a reduction in VAT, and the unthinkable,a reduction in fuel duty, he'll do none of these because a tax break married couples would cost chicken feed compared to these things.
George, I wondered why there was an inquirey by OFT re fuel,and of course prices are deemed fair so just the right environment to increase tax on it.
ukip should win next election ,to much aid to other countries ,to many scrougers from abroad ,fuel rip off's the list is endless . cameron and his cronies need to go NOW
Geoff. I don't think UKIP will win the election but they will do enough damage to the tories to make sure they lose it.
75% of immigrants to this country are IRISH - 3 times lrger than all other immigrant groups put together. Silent hypocrites one and all.
If Cameron believes in tax breaks for married families, then he should use that criteria for calculating their income when means testing for child tax credits. it should be done on the households income and not the individual. The unfair situation of a family whose income is £49000 for each parent is still entitled to child tax credits, but a family with one income of £50000 or over are facing cuts.
John. cameron does not have a clue how the rest of the country lives, he is well off so he assumes we all are. i don't fancy his chances in the next election, half his own party in the house have fallen out with him, but he does not care, extra money for foreign aid, all these bills in the house to placate clegg, he does not have a clue how to run a country. he needs money so he borrows it to give it away, this is really sound maths, I some time wonder if they would act this way if it was their own money.