Scottish Cardinal calls for baby tax breaks
    Couples should be given tax breaks to encourage them to have children, according to Scottish Cardinal Thomas Winning.
    He blamed the government's policy on contraception and abortion for causing last year's biggest decrease in the Scottish population since records began.
    Writing in a Scottish newspaper, he said modern couples believed they could not afford to have families. "We need to find a way of allowing young couples to see children as a gift, not a burden," he wrote.
    He claimed that practical encouragement was needed to change that mentality.
    "That may mean new and imaginative consideration of the tax regime; a more family friendly approach to childcare, perhaps with more generous allowances being offered to mothers who choose to stay at home and look after their pre-school children."