Civil partnerships

Mixed-sex Civil Partnerships: 'We took a big risk'

Richard and Miranda from Lyme Regis on why they waited before tying the knot.

Love and tax breaks

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

Married couples' hands
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Romance and tax are not words that generally go hand in hand.

Yet, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is hoping that Valentine's Day will remind couples to apply for the Marriage Allowance.

This lets lower-income workers transfer £1,190 of their personal allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner – if their income is higher. This reduces their collective income tax by up to £238 for 2018-19 tax year.

An estimated 700,000 couples who are eligible for the tax break have not claimed.

Backdating to previous years means some could receive up to £900.

Civil partnerships: 'Why I want one with my sister'

Catherine (l) and her sister Ginda
Catherine Utley
Catherine Utley, left, and her sister Ginda

Catherine Utley has lived with her sister Ginda for more than 30 years.

The pair raised Catherine's daughter together and jointly own a house in south London.

And they are among a number of siblings who want to be allowed to enter into a civil partnership.

When the idea was airedon Twitter yesterday by a Tory MP,he was met with huge outcry and accused of supporting incest and being "ridiculous".

But civil partnerships for siblings is something which campaigners have long called for.

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Cumbrians already planning their civil partnership once the law changes

A Cumbrian woman says she and her male partner will enter into a civil partnership as soon as possible, after a change in the law.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that it was discriminatory to restrict civil partnerships to same-sex couples. And yesterday, the government said it will make the necessary changes to the legislation.

Paul Metsers and Pauline Brocklehurst
Pauline Brocklehurst

Pauline Brocklehurst from Kendal and her partner Paul Metsers have been together for almost 40 years. Both had been married before, and didn't want to do the same thing again, but Pauline has been telling BBC Radio Cumbria they do want the legal and financial rights that come with marriage:

The extra unused tax allowance given to married couples; the ability to keep a partner's ISA in a tax-free status after they die; to automatically have Inheritance Tax benefits, and pass on pension rights. In fact we know people who've ended up getting married purely for these reasons, for their pension, which actually makes a mockery of what marriage is traditionally all about."

Pauline Brocklehurst