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CAM BLUNDER ON MARRIAGE TAX.

THE PM got in a muddle over his tax bribe to married couples yesterday with Labour accusing him of making "absurd" claims.

Mr Cameron wrongly told the Commons that "all married couples paying basic-rate tax" would benefit under the plans.

But Shadow Treasury Secretary Chris Leslie pointed out it only applies if one pays basic rate tax and a spouse has unused personal allowance, for example if they are low earners or do not work.

He said the PM's statement was "clearly an absurd claim to make", and added: "Just four million married couples in this situation will benefit - compared to 8.9 million married couples where there is a basic rate taxpayer." Mr Cameron later corrected himself at Labour's request. The tax breaks, worth up to PS200 a year, start in 2015.

But a senior Labour source warned: "He clearly doesn't understand his own policy... he lives in a world where he thinks all women do is stay at home."

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Date:Oct 10, 2013
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