Forget marriage tax breaks, what about family tax breaks?

Michelle McGagh
man giving an engagement ring...
man giving an engagement ring...

The Tories really appealed to their conservative, without a capital C, roots when they proposed a tax break on something as silly as signing a piece of paper - but there must be a whole swathe of Middle Englanders who are pretty miffed about the married couples allowance.

In the Autumn Statement, chancellor George Osborne set out his plans for the tax break for married couples. It will allow up to £1,000 to be transferred between spouses and civil partners meaning a couple could save up to £200 a year on the tax they pay (essentially a higher earning spouse will be allowed to transfer £1,000 of their income to a spouse who earns less than their personal allowance or nothing at all).