Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

Scrap the Love Tax

by Steve Beasant on 27 January, 2016

Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

The party has said changes to Universal Credit – dubbed the โ€˜Love Taxโ€™ – could affect up to a million low income working single parents.

It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

The IFS has said latest planned cuts would mean a single parent could be lose out by around ยฃ1,000 a year.

Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have launched a bid, due be debated on Wednesday, to scrap the cuts to Universal Credit.

Tim Farron said:

โ€œThe Conservatives claim they want to support two parent families, yet their pillaging of Universal Credit will mean that people single parents who find a new partner will actually be penalised.

โ€œIt is tantamount to a Love Tax. Imagine being a single parent, working on a low income, then finally finding happiness with someone and realising youโ€™re going to lose over ยฃ1,000-a-year as a result.

โ€œWe stopped the original attack on tax credits and we will stop this. The Government should not use this as an excuse to cut their support.

โ€œThat is why they must rethink these brutal cuts to Universal Credit.โ€

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