I’m here with some information which may be of interest for our theme this month, on how the UK’s new budget will effect women.
You may have heard that the Fawcett Society recently put forward a legal challenge to the government’s emergency budget. The challenge was on the basis that it would bring greater harm to women than men, and was therefore against discrimination laws. Sadly, the High Court has refused this challenge this week.
However, there’s lots of interesting work being done on the gender equality of the cuts, and below is some interesting reading:
- The Trades Union Congress has produced a report: The Gender Impact of the Cuts [pdf], and a press release.
- Oxfam has written a paper: A Gender Perspective on 21st Century Welfare Reform [pdf], and a summary.
- The Women’s Budget Group has information on Gender Budget Analysis, and a response to the spending review [pdf].
Hope to see you all on Wed 15th to discuss this more!