A Spring budget that works for women.
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You might not know that every time this country makes savings in the budget, women are hit the hardest. A larger proportion of savings on tax and benefits made by the government over the last few years has come directly out of the pockets of women.
As of the last budget, 86% of net savings to the treasury through tax and benefit measures since 2010 had come from women.
What will that figure be at the Spring Budget? 87%? 90%? 100%?
I am now 62 years of age and it is hard to envision a date when I can actually retire. The cost of living creeps higher and higher and my income seems to shrink in comparison every year.
Rents and council tax, food prices, and utility bills rise every year far in excess of the rise in my income and far in excess of the 1% rises that have been given to public service workers over the years of government enforced austerity. A state pension that I was promised at 60 is now still over 4 years away.
How are cuts always hitting women like me?
- Women born in the 1950s have lost up to 5 years of pension payments and are being forced to work longer.
- The majority of people working in public services are women, who have suffered a serious loss of income due to pay freezes and very poor annual rises. The cost of living has outstripped public service pay rises.
- Child benefit, which is paid directly to women, has been frozen – causing women’s income to be reduced.
- The freeze in working tax credits will hit the poorest members of the working population hardest, particularly lone parents, 90% of whom are women.
Sarah Champion MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, is campaigning for a budget which works for women; one that invests in jobs for women, the services that women depend on, and advances women's equality and economic independence. She needs our support.
In the 21st Century women should not be shouldering the burden of cuts. The spring budget this year falls on International Women’s Day. Let's try and make this a budget that works for women.
I am calling on the government to:
- Publish an analysis of the impact of the budget cuts and austerity measures on women
- A Treasury Minister to sit before the Women and Equalities select committee and answer questions on the impact of the budget on women
- Publish an equality impact assessment alongside the upcoming Spring Budget
We cannot stand by while women are being discriminated against in such a blatant way and watch while years of fighting for equalities is trampled underfoot.
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