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Women's lives under the Tory-LibDem government

WOMEN CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER 5 YEARS OF THE TORIES

 

Reversing economic equality

  • At a time when women and their families have never had it so tough, this Government has hit women and their families hardest. 

    • Independent House of Commons research has found £22 billion out of the £26 billion (85 per cent) of cash raised over this Parliament from tax and benefit changes has come from women’s pockets.

    • According to the IFS families with children have been hit hardest of all by David Cameron’s choices - a clear betrayal of his promise to lead the most family-friendly government ever.

  • 44 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed women still earn just 81p for every pound a man earns. Even David Cameron thinks it’s acceptable to pay one of his own Cabinet Ministers less than her male predecessor[1]. Progress on closing the gender pay gap has slowed under this Government yet they have refused to implement Labour plans to require large companies to publish their pay gap.

     

Fewer women accessing justice

  • Since this Government introduced of Tribunal fees, the number of claims for sex discrimination has fallen by 91 per cent.

  • Despite a rise in recorded rapes and reported incidents of domestic violence Police referrals for rape have fallen by 28 per cent since 2010 and prosecutions are down 14 per cent. Prosecutions for domestic violence are down 5 per cent and convictions have also fallen.

  • The Government has wasted millions on Police and Crime Commissioners whilst Women’s Aid report refuges have reached ‘crisis point’[2] with hundreds of women turned away a day from lack of space and closures.

     

The real record on women in work:

  • The story of this recovery has been one of low-wage, insecure and temporary work – hitting women particularly hard.
    • Over a quarter of all working women are now on low pay and make up the majority of workers on zero-hour contracts  -  Yet the Government has refused to back Labour plans to ban exploitative zero-hour contracts, provide incentives to employers to pay the living wage and raise the minimum wage to £8.

    • More women are moving into part-time work than ever before, where the average wage is 1/3rd less per hour than full-time work.

    • The average annual wage for a self-employed woman is below the minimum wage, but a third of female employment since 2010 has been in women registering as self-employed.

  • More young women are being left behind under this Government:

Balancing work and care:

  • Childcare costs have soared under this Government with the price of a nursery place up 30 per cent since 2010.

  • There are 720 fewer Sure Start centres than in 2010 – and many more are running reduced services because the Government has removed the obligation to provide access to childcare.

  • The number of registered childcare places has fallen by 40,349 under the Tories.

     

Hitting the most vulnerable:

  • The Government’s own figures estimate that 2/3rds (400,000) of those hit by the bedroom tax are women, including women under sanctuary scheme protection whose homes have been made safe against perpetrators of domestic violence.

     

Out of touch with women’s lives

  • David Cameron and Nick Clegg have shut women’s voices out of Government and are out of touch with the reality of women’s lives and struggles.

     

  • Women make up just 24 per cent of Ministers in both the Cabinet and Junior Minister roles, meaning the Government has failed to meet the target it set top businesses for women’s representation.

    • For comparison, 45 per cent of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet are women.

 

  • Just 25 per cent of Tory candidates are women and 30 per cent of candidates in retiring seats.

    • For comparison, 53 per cent of Labour’s candidates in target seats are women and 65 per cent in retiring seats.

 

  • There are 48 women MPs in the Conservative Party (16%) and just 7 Lib Dem women MPs (13%).

    • Labour have more women MPs than all the other Parties put together, with women making up 1/3rd of Labour MPs (87 women MPs).


[1]When Baroness Stowell was Leader of the House of Lords it was revealed that she would be paid £22,147 less than her male predecessor, until public pressure forced David Cameron to top-up her wage with Conservative funds.

 

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