The UK Women’s Budget Group has produced a report on the impact that this year’s Spending Round and the UK Government’s continuing austerity programme has had on women, finding that women are still disproportionately, negatively affected by economic decision-making.
They find that the onus on private sector employment over jobs in the public sector has affected women disproportionately – 63 out of every 100 jobs created in the private sector have gone to men. In addition, the UK Government’s concentration on creating growth by investing in physical infrastructure, as opposed to social programmes, means that women have lost out on many of the jobs created by Government spending plans to boost the economy.
The authors accuse the Treasury’s Equality Impact Assessment of being inadequate and superficial and call on the Government to stop and reverse the cuts made to welfare benefits, which are pushing more women and children into poverty.
Read the report