Labour forces vote demanding equality impact assessment of Tory economic policies

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Labour has secured a vote to force the Government to assess the impact of social security changes and fiscal measures on disadvantaged groups.

The Government failed to meet Labour’s demand for the Budget to be audited on the basis of gender, race, age, disability, class and region. Other parties have now joined Labour calls for transparency, with 127 MPs from Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP and the Greens, signing Dawn Butler’s letter to Justine Greening calling for all Government policy to be assessed for their impact on disadvantaged groups.

Although the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) places a legal responsibility on public bodies, including the Treasury, to conduct equality assessments, the Treasury has failed to publish adequate equalities audits of its fiscal measures.

This comes as analysis shows that 86 per cent of tax and social security changes continue to fall on women and women only received two thirds of the spending men received in this budget.

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, said: “The Tories’ failed austerity project has hit the most vulnerable groups in our society the hardest, forcing women, ethnic minority communities and disabled people to pay the highest price.

“The Finance Bill represents more of the same for groups with protected characteristics who have borne the brunt of Conservative economic failure for too long. We need a detailed assessment to reveal the full damage of Tory austerity.

“The next Labour government will ensure that we publish comprehensive equality impact assessments to enable us to truly build an economy that works for the many, not the few.”

Source: Labour Press — Labour secures vote on amendment to force equality…

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  1. Pension60Now December 19, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    As women got hit by austerity even worse than men, losing state pension, pension credit, winter fuel allowance all at the same time for half a decade since 2012 / 2013 has caused dire straits to many women. Wages and works pensions are worth half what they were in 2007. Redundancies mostly due to ill health, are soaring from 60 with least chance of a new job. PETITION to Labour to place in Labour Manifesto – pension 60 for men and women – helps unemployed persons – helps low waged especially now national roll out of Universal Credit –

  2. jeffrey davies December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

    another waste of time they now they culling the stock they now alright another report that they won’t give out and when they do it be so watered down it be of no use

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