Lord Sacks expresses concern over marriage and criticises the government for not supporting stay at home mothers

The current Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who will be standing down and replaced by Ephraim Mirvis next month has spoken out about the demise of the institution of marriage.

In a recent interview he stated “I think we’re losing the plot actually. I think we haven’t really noticed what’s happened in Britain.” and went on to state that the institution of marriage would break down “when you begin to lose faith and society becomes very, very secularised”.

This came after speaking out against the government’s perceived lack of support of married couples. He has stated “I think the government has not done enough…The state has an interest in marriage because the cost of family breakdown and non-marriage, the last time I looked at it, was estimated at £9bn a year”

He considers that the Government “should certainly recognise marriage in the tax system” and in particular, it should be more supportive of mothers who chose to stay at home to look after the children or at least provide more support for child care provision.

While Chancellor George Osborne has promised certain tax breaks, there has been opposition by the Liberal Democrats and criticism by his own backbenchers who are angered by the planned tax credit scheme not applying to stay-at-home mothers.

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