WHILE I DISAGREE With the Government's plan to reduce the married person's tax allowance, I was sorry to see the Catholic Herald January 6) quoting the popular assumption that children of lone parents are more likely to suffer health and educational problems and resort to crimMal behaviour than those of married parents.
This impression derives from the fact that many families with only one parent suffer from poverty and poor housing.
Under these sort of conditions the children of married parents are also liable to suffer the problems mentioned above.
Many lone parents have not chosen to bring up their children without a partner; it is a circumstance that has been forced upon them through desertion or divorce, and it is hurtful to class them as the source of problems when they are struggling to bring up children on their own as best they can, often with a reduced income.
Christine Hacklett Harrow
Nor EVERY single Mum or Dad is raising children on their own out of free choice. These people are often stuck
in difficult particular circumstances, and their parenting is a great sacrifice. Bartholomew Minney London