What do the Tories have against widows?

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2007

Desperately trying to pull rabbits out of hats ahead of their party conference, David Cameron has proudly trumpeted Tory plans to give tax breaks to married couple families.

But it’s not just those irresponsible couples who ‘live in sin’ and refuse to conform to the Tory stereotype of who makes good parents who will be penalised – as Vince Cable forcefully notes, so too will widows and widowers struggling to bring up kids on their own:

“It would appear that the so-called Tory tax cut for families is not a tax cut at all, but an increase in tax credits; a means-tested benefit subject to enormous complexity and problems with mistaken payments.

“Furthermore, the benefit will exclude large numbers of families where the parents are not married, but what the Tories would call ‘living in sin’ and it will even exclude widows bring up children on their own.”