There Is No Couple Penalty In The Benefits System (JRF 18/06/12)

June 26, 2012

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

“Yes, I do think it’s wrong that our benefits system gives couples with children more money if they live apart – and we will bring an end to the couple penalty”. David Cameron, Conservative Party Conference, 2008

“It is vital that we find a way of addressing welfare need without creating perverse incentives for the parents of children on low to modest incomes to live apart”. Frank Field MP, in Draper, D. (2009) Couple penalty 2008/9. London: CARE

We have some good news for David Cameron and Frank Field today. After careful analysis using our Minimum Income Standards research, we have discovered that there is no couple penalty in the benefits system.

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