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Welfare reform committee debate on women

In respective budgets since 2010, between 70% and 85% of cuts to public spending on benefits, taxation, pay and pensions have come from women’s incomes.

Engender welcomes this parliamentary debate and the Welfare Reform Committee’s report on women’s social security. In partnership with other women’s organisations, we have worked to highlight discrimination against women within the austerity agenda. ‘Welfare reforms’ and wider austerity measures are undermining progress towards gender equality, and have a major impact on women’s lives.

Since the Welfare Reform Committee held its inquiry into women and welfare, the context for women has worsened. The House of Commons Library estimate that 70% of the £34 billion worth of cuts announced in the UK Government’s ‘summer budget’ will fall on women. Further extensive cuts will have been announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement by the time this debate takes place. As a result of structural gender inequality, a similar gender profile can be expected. Certain groups of women, including lone mothers, refugees, disabled women, unpaid carers and women experiencing domestic abuse face multiple and particularly extreme impacts as a result.

The role of the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to protect social security for women is therefore more vital than ever. Strategic action is manifestly needed, or else existing commitments and political ambition on gender equality will not be achieved. Along with Scottish Women’s Aid, Scottish Refugee Council and Close the Gap, we are calling for a high-level summit on women’s social security, to develop such an approach.
This briefing sets out the current context for women and our proposals regarding forthcoming and existing powers over social security and related policy areas.

Filename: Engender-briefing-Women-and-social-security-November-2015.pdf | File size: 568KB | Tags: welfare reform, social security
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Gender edit: summer budget 2015

This is a gender edit of the Summer Budget 2015, which pulls out all of the most gendered commitments. Date: July 2015

Filename: 1507-Gender-edit-summer-budget.pdf | File size: 282KB | Tags: budget welfare
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A widening gap: women and welfare reform

Since 2010, £26 billion worth of cuts have been made to benefits, tax credits, pay and pensions. 85% of this has been taken from women’s incomes.

This is a joint report from Engender, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Women’s Aid, Close the Gap, and Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations looking at the devastating impact of welfare report on women in Scotland. Date: April 2015

Filename: A-Widening-Gap---Women-and-Welfare-Reform.pdf | File size: 345KB | Tags: welfare reform
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MSP briefing for welfare reform and Smith Commission debate

A briefing paper for MSPs in advance of the Welfare Reform Committee debate on welfare reform and the Smith Commission on 18 December 2014. Date: December 2014

Filename: Engender-MSP-briefing-for-debate-on-welfare-reform-debate-and-Smith-Commission-December-2014.pdf | File size: 324KB | Tags: welfare
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MSP briefing for welfare debate

A briefing paper for MSPs in advance of the Scottish Government debate on welfare in the Scottish Parliament on 13 August 2014. Date: August 2014

Filename: Engender-MSP-briefing-for-welfare-debate-August-2014.pdf | File size: 660KB | Tags: welfare
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Scotland's futures: women and poverty

This briefing is part of a series that sets out how power and responsibility to tackle critical gender equality issues are divided between Holyrood and Westminster. It is part of Engender’s contribution to the independence referendum debate. Date: July 2014

Filename: Engender-briefing-5---Women-and-poverty.pdf | File size: 62KB | Tags: indyref poverty constitution welfare
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Gender and 'welfare reform': a joint position paper

This joint position paper on gender and ‘welfare reform’ draws together the multiple ways in which women are penalised by cuts to the benefits and tax credits system, and describes the gender inequality that accounts for these impacts. It also makes a set of recommendations to Scottish Government as it shapes its ‘mitigation’ response to the UK’s ‘welfare reform’ agenda. We produced it in collaboration with Close the Gap, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Convention and Zero Tolerance. Date: April 2014

Filename: engenderwelfareport.pdf | File size: 454KB | Tags: welfare poverty
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