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Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour's Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to David Cameron's comments on tax breaks for married couples, said:

“At a time when the Government's failed economic policies mean living standards are falling, we should be helping all families and not just some.

“Millions of people who are separated, widowed or divorced, as well as married couples where both partners work and use all their personal allowance, won't get any help from this out of touch policy.

“And even for the minority who might benefit it will be far outweighed by what David Cameron's government has already taken away. After all the IFS says families are on average £891 worse off this year because of things like higher VAT and cuts to tax credits.

“David Cameron is so weak and out of touch that he's more worried about placating his rebellious backbenchers than the cost of living crisis facing millions of families.”

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