The U.K. government will bring forward plans to introduce tax breaks for married couples to within this year, and Prime Minister David Cameron said an announcement will be made “very shortly.”
The government had previously said it would set out the plan within the next two years. The announcement will probably be made in the fall, according to a British official who asked not to be identified, citing government rules.
“We are going to be putting in place the marriage tax proposal in law,” Cameron told reporters in Islamabad today. “We will be announcing plans for that in this parliament,” and this will be done “very shortly,” he said.
The move, which comes less than a week after Treasury minister David Gauke wrote to Conservative lawmakers to reassure them that the tax break will be introduced during this Parliament, shows Cameron’s keenness to pacify rank-and file Tories ahead of elections in 2015. Some Conservatives have suggested the party is losing support partly because it isn’t doing enough for traditional families.
Cameron made the comments on the second leg of a three-day visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.