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Tory tax plans will hit BME children hardest

David Cameron- tax plans would affect black children

Conservative plans to introduce a tax break for married couples could have the greatest detrimental impact on non white children such as the 56% of black children who live in single parent families, say the Liberal Democrats.

The Tories unveiled their manifesto married family tax break last week. Their plans would allow for four million married couples to be offered tax breaks worth up to £150 a year; wives or husbands who do not work would be able to transfer part of their allowance to their spouse, though this applies only to low- and middle-income couples earning up to £44,000 a year. Gay couples in civil partnerships would also be eligible.

However the Liberal Democrats have argued that their proposals would not offer any real benefits for families and would most impact on children from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Whilst married couples with one spouse earning under £44,000 would benefit under the scheme, the vast majority of married couples, where both spouses work, would get nothing.

According to the LibDems, 62% of white children live with married parents and would benefit under the scheme, but only 39% or 300,000 black children who live with married parents  would also do so.

56% of black children live with a single parent – the highest proportion of any ethnic group, whilst just 48% of mixed race children or 188,000 live with married parents – 38% live with single parents.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg condemned the Tory plans: “The proposal from the Conservatives for tax breaks for marriage are patronising drivel that belong in the Edwardian age. David Cameron clearly has no idea about modern life. Every family is different, and instead of creating rigid rules or special policies that help some families but not others, we need a new approach from government: one that is flexible and doesn’t dictate to families how they should live.”

Yvette Cooper, Labour’s Works and Pensions Secretary, said: “The Tories want to help some married couples but cut help for kids. Most families with kids won’t benefit at all from the Tories plans. Yet they are cutting child tax credits, the child trust fund and SureStart. How can that be good for families in Britain? David Cameron has shown the Tories haven’t changed – they won’t help kids, and their plans are unfair, irresponsible, out of touch and out of date.”

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