Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

George Osborne: tax break for married couples soon

Measures to support marriage through the tax system can be expected in this year's Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has come under pressure from Conservative backbenchers to fulfil an election promise to offer tax breaks to married couples, and last month said that an announcement could be expected "very shortly".

There was speculation that he was being held back not only by opposition from Liberal Democrat coalition partners – who secured a provision in the coalition agreement allowing them to abstain on the issue – but also by a lack of enthusiasm from the Chancellor.

But at a lunch yesterday Mr Osborne insisted he was personally committed to the tax break and would put forward details in his statement.

"I have always been committed to introducing a married couples' tax break," said Mr Osborne. "David Cameron campaigned to be leader on that promise and I was his campaign manager."

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