Friday, 22 October 2010

Fawcett Society to take the Gov't to court

The Fawcett Society, which fights for equal rights for women, has filed an application for a judicial review of the budget for it's failure to give 'due regard' to the impact on women.

Former Labour chief secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper assessed the figures, even before the welfare cuts announced in the CSR, and was shocked by the answer she found.
72% of the burden of the budget cuts will be carried by women.
72% is enormous. And that doesn't take into account the cuts in welfare. How will those impact on women?
This is the 21st century and in one fell swoop, the Government has regressed.

From today's Guardian report:

The June budget and the predicted heavy cuts in this week's spending review created "a perfect storm", says Fawcett Society chief executive Ceri Goddard, confirming suspicions among many that 2010 was going to be a uniquely regressive moment in the history of sexism and the state.

The Government has also admitted that it failed to hold an Equality Impact Assessment for the June budget. So not only is it regressing us as a nation, it's failing to follow it's own rules.

Brilliant. A Britain we all can be proud of.

Read the rest of the article here

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