The changes planned to direct tax, tax credits and benefits will hit women far more heavily than men. The Spending Review changes hit women twice as hard as men. The Emergency Budget changes hit women three times as hard as men.
Very big cuts in support paid to mothers – including cuts in child care, tax credits, child benefit and other support – will make it harder for women to work. Over £6 billion is being cut in direct financial support for children in the CSR and Budget – three times as much as is being taken from the banks. Most of that money is paid to mothers.
The Government says in its leaded memo that “[we] need to up our game on communications about what we are doing”.
Women don’t need a public relations exercise – the Government should u-turn on its disastrous policies impacting on women.
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Women & Equalities Minister, said:
"Even government officials have now admitted the truth; women are being hardest hit by this government. Whether it’s on pensions or jobs, child care or tax credits, women are bearing the brunt of the Tory led government's reforms and plans.
“But casting around for policies just because they are doing badly with women in the polls just isn't good enough. David Cameron and cabinet ministers still have a shocking blind spot on women. They still clearly don't understand the pressures facing millions of women and families across the country. From child care tax credit to the handling of abortion counselling, or the treatment of rape cases, Ministers repeatedly get it wrong on issues affecting women.
“If they really want to help women they need a major re-think on policies across the board. And we need a fundamental changes not just in policies, but in the attitudes and priorities of the entire cabinet too.”