Cutting equality

Natalie Bennett addresses the disproportionate impact of the cuts on women
One figure about the gender impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review is well known: the House of Commons Library (an impeccable independent source) concluded that of the £8.5bn raised from it by changes to direct taxes and benefits, £5.7bn, two-thirds, will be taken from women, with men paying only £2.7bn.

Beyond that, the Treasury, prodded by the Fawcett Society case against its failure to do an Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA) for the June emergency budget, did prepare an EIA, but, as a report by the small NGO the Women’s Budget Group outlines, it provided almost no quantitative data and excludes large parts of the spending review, claiming the calculations are too difficult.

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