Tax system is unfair on single parents Watch
In that example, the single mother earning £50k would take home £37.5k whereas two people eating £25k would get, together, £41.1k (according to government website). This only includes income tax and not all the other taxes, and does not take into account overtime taxes and second/third job taxes, and also the fact that couples can join taxes to pay less. It's complicated but you get the picture: single parents are disadvantaged under current tax laws. I feel like something needs to be done especially as there are so many struggling single parents out there, but they just don't have a voice in parliament. My MP is Conservative anyway and, even if he was Labour, the most say a single parent could do would be to write the MP a letter, which is useless.