BY PIERS MCGRANDLE
A RIGHT-WING THINK tank has accused the government of favouring lone parents and actively discriminating against married couples and working parents.
In a strident and hitter paper released this week, the Institute of Economic Affairs claims that the Government's policies are undermining the family, as rising numbers of "lone-parent families, divorces, out-of-wedlock births and the increasing popularity of cohabitration testify".
Mary Corbett, from the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, agreed with the paper as she criticized the Government for planning to reduce the married person's tax allowance.
"The law cannot support the institution of marriage; the tax system is a way you can positively discriminate", she told the Catholic Herald.
The report claims that state support for lone motherhood, which leads to an inevitable decline of marriage, has created a "warrior class" of young men for whom status is defined by promiscuous behaviour and violent seizure of other people's property.
Underlying the paper is the assumption, undisputed by most Catholics, that children brought up without two, married parents are more likely to suffer health and educational problems and resort to criminal behaviour.
The paper also produces official DSS figures which illustrate that, at any level of earnings, a lone parent is wealthier after tax, benefits and housing costs than a married man with the same number of children whose wife stays at home to care for their children.