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Widows (Tax Allowances)

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce the same tax allowance of £2,445 for widows as that given to a married man.

Widows already qualify in two sets of circumstances for an allowance equivalent to that of a married man; namely, the widow's bereavement allowance and the additional personal allowance in respect of children. I fear that it would not be right to extend an allowance of this kind to widows in general.