The Conservatives have pledged to give married couples an additional tax allowance, although the details are still being worked out.
By Peter Saunders
The main reason for the policy is to show support for marriage. David Cameron knows that nobody is going to get married, or avoid divorce, just to benefit from a tax allowance of a few pounds a month. But just as Labour's official indifference has underpinned the continuing erosion of marriage, the Tories hope that giving it official support and recognition in this way might just help shore it up.
It certainly can't do any harm. The Conservatives are right when they say that married parents stay together much more successfully than those who merely cohabit. They are also right that children, on average, are a lot better off if their parents stay together than if they separate. If the state has a duty to safeguard the interests of children, then the case for encouraging married parenting is a strong one.
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