Assessment of Government Policies (Impact on Families) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:17 pm on 4 December 2015.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 2:17, 4 December 2015

The Minister mentions young families. Young families must be able to have a choice. If a young mother wants to stay at home to look after her young children, which is entirely natural, the family often suffers under the tax and benefit system. That is why we brought in the marriage tax allowance. Will she confirm that, although the allowance is quite low at the moment, the Treasury is open-minded about increasing it gradually over the years and making it more effective? That will not just save marriages, but help people who are married and bringing up young children.