Equal Income Rights For All Couples

Equal Income Rights For All Couples

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Naomi Lucas started this petition to Department For Work and Pensions and

A person cannot claim Marriage Tax Allowance if they are not married, even if they have been living as married for a long time. A person cannot claim Universal Credit, if they live with a partner, whether they are married or co-habiting. We believe this unfair and may, in some circumstances lead to financial difficulties for co-habiting couples.

Any income-related benefit is based on household income. Marriage tax allowance is not technically a benefit because it reduces the tax you pay, rather than paying you extra income.

Marriage tax allowance should be available for couples counted as having a joint income for benefit purposes.

It is unfair that a couple's joint income is considered for one thing but not another. A co-habiting couple should be counted either separately or as a single entity. It should not be a case of counting as a couple for some things and not for others.
Even if there is a minimum amount of time that you have to be living together, and a document to confirm the relationship (these would be equivalent of requirements for married couples), long-term co-habitees should have the same recourse to marriage tax allowance as married couples.

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