The Women’s Budget Groups has produced a report showing the impact of the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review will fall disproportionately on women.
The WBG’s analysis shows that the groups that will suffer the greatest reduction in their standard of living due to cuts in public services are lone parents and single pensioners, the majority of whom are women. Lone parents will lose services worth 18.5% and female singles pensioners services worth 12% of their respective incomes;
The cuts will lead to hundreds of thousands of women losing their job. 53% of the jobs in the public sector services that have not been protected from the cuts are held by women and the pay and conditions of employment of all public sectors workers, 65% of whom are women, are likely to deteriorate;
Cuts in welfare spending fall disproportionately on the finances of women. Child Benefit is paid almost 100% to women; while 53% of Housing Benefit claimants are single women. Both benefits have been cut significantly in real terms and eligibility has been tightened.
The WBG is also concerned that women’s caring responsibilities will increase as women are likely to be the ones to fill the gaps where public services have been cut.
The TUC has also produced a [link] http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/tuc-18888-f0.cfm gender analysis [/link] demonstrating the cuts will reduce women’s income and widen the gender pay gap