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Here we publish our reponses to Scottish and UK Government consultations, and briefings we have prepared for parliamentarians in advance of debates or votes.

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Joint Response to the UK Government Work and Pensions Committee Short Inquiry into the Impact of the Universal Credit Household Payment

Since 2010, the UK Government has pursued an austerity agenda and programme of ‘welfare reform’ which will result in a total of £82 billion of cuts to the social security budget by 2020. This is having an egregious impact on women’s access to resources, security and safety, and therefore on gender equality and women’s human rights. Over the decade of austerity, from 2010 to 2020, 86 percent of net ‘savings’ raised through cuts to social security and tax credits will come from women’s incomes.

Filename: Joint-Response-to-the-UK-Government-Work-and-Pensions-Committtee-Short-Inquiry-into-the-Impact-of-the-Universal-Credit-Household-Payment.pdf | File size: 818KB | Tags: socialsecurity womensequality
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Committee’s call for views. Over the last two years, we have worked with our partners at Scottish Women’s Aid, Close the Gap, the Scottish Refugee Council and Carers Scotland to highlight the link between women’s inequality and the existing UK social security system.

Date of publication: August 2017.

Filename: Engender-Response-to-the-Scottish-Parliament-Social-Security-Committee-on-the-Social-Security-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 662KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee Call for Evidence on the Two-child Limit for Tax Credits and Universal Credit

Engender welcomes the opportunity to present evidence to the Social Security Committee on the two-child limit. We have been working with other women’s organisations in Scotland over the last few years to chart the impact of ‘welfare reform’, and the ways in which it is widening inequality between women and men.

Analysis of the two-child limit by Child Poverty Action Group calculates its impact as a loss of up to £2,800 every year per child. In addition, it is projected that these deep cuts to social security for families with more than two children will push up to 200,000 more children into poverty, and will impact approximately 510,000 families in 2019-20.


Date of publication: May 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-the-two-child-limit-on-Tax-Credits-and-Universal-Credit-to-the-Scottish-Parliament-Social-Security-Committee.pdf | File size: 548KB | Tags: socialsecurity scraptherapeclause scrapthefamilycap
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee Call for Evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the introduction of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which ambitiously sets targets to eradicate child poverty by 2030. The introduction of the proposed legislation signals a commitment by the Scottish Government to continue to implement measures to build a fairer Scotland. Though we welcome the Bill, we wish to highlight the importance of understanding the gendered dimension of poverty, as it is our firm belief that understanding and tackling women’s poverty in Scotland will be central to the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: May 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-the-Child-Poverty-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 523KB | Tags: socialsecurity womensrights childcare poverty
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) 2017

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the proposed regulations respecting two of the devolved flexibilities related to Universal Credit.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultation-on-Universal-Credit-2017.pdf | File size: 307KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Response to UK Government Consultation on Exceptions to the Reforms Which Limit the Child Elements in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit to a Maximum of Two Children

Engender fundamentally rejects the principles behind both reducing vital social security for mothers of more than two children, and making an exception where a child is conceived as a result of rape.

Date of Publication: November 2016.

Filename: Engender-two-child-limit-consultation-November-2016.pdf | File size: 592KB | Tags: socialsecurity scraptherapeclause scrapthefamilycap
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Engender Response to Scottish Government Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

Engender welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on social security in Scotland. Together with partners at Scottish Women’s Aid, Close the Gap, the Scottish Refugee Council and Carers Scotland, we have consistently worked to highlight the links between women’s inequality and the current UK social security system. Earlier this year we released a policy report on Scotland’s new powers over social security, recommending a suite of ways in which new powers can be engaged to increase women’s equality in Scotland.

Date of publication: October 2016.

Filename: ENGENDER-RESPONSE-TO-THE-SCOTTISH-GOVERNMENT-CONSULTATION-ON-SOCIAL-SECURITY-IN-SCOTLAND-.pdf | File size: 951KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on a Child Poverty Bill

Engender welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s plans for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland. We have consistently worked to highlight the inextricable links between women’s economic inequality and child poverty, and this consultation response is based on the need to mainstream gender throughout the development of any new legislation. Women are twice as dependent on social security as men, the gender pay gap persists at 14.8% in Scotland, 62% of workers that earn below the living wage are women, and pervasive violence against women undermines women’s access to resources and financial autonomy. Disabled women, black and minority ethnic (BME) women, lone mothers, unpaid carers, and refugee and asylum seeking women, amongst other groups are particularly at risk of poverty due to their gender and other forms of inequality and discrimination. Statistics show that a small majority of women in Scotland live in poverty, but these only take stock of figures for single-headed households and mask the extent of women’s poverty due to income inequality within many couple households.

Date of publication: September 2016.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-child-poverty-consultation-Sep-16.pdf | File size: 392KB | Tags: poverty austerity socialsecurity womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act Regulations and Guidance

Engender submission to the Scottish Government consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act regulations and guidance.

Date of publication: August 2015.

Filename: Scottish-Welfare-fund-consultation-August-2015.pdf | File size: 435KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee Inquiry Into Women and Welfare

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.
Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to the Welfare Reform Committee’s inquiry on women and welfare reform. This submission highlights the links between discrimination against women within the welfare reform agenda with other areas of gender inequality.

Date of publication: May 2015.

Filename: Engender-Submission-to-the-Welfare-Reform-Committee-Inquiry-into-Women-and-Welfare.pdf | File size: 558KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Women's and Equalities Sector Joint Statement to the Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare: Women, Further Devolution and Social Security

The Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare is an intergovernmental group with ministerial representatives from Scottish and UK governments working around the post-Smith Commission devolution of some elements of social security. This is a joint statement to that working group from (in alphabetical order): Close the Gap, Electoral Reform Society Scotland, Engender, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Inclusion Scotland, Lead Scotland, NUS Scotland Women's Campaign, One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Women's Aid, Scottish Women's Budget Group, Shelter Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland, Women's Support Project, YouthLink Scotland, YWCA Scotland, and Zero Tolerance.

Date of publication: March 2015

Filename: A-statement-to-the-joint-ministerial-working-group-on-welfare.pdf | File size: 735KB | Tags: socialsecurity austerity
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Engender Response to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Refom Committee Consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill

Engender's response to the Welfare Reform Committee's consultation on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: August 2014.

Filename: Scottish-Welfare-fund-consultation-August-2014.pdf | File size: 590KB | Tags: socialsecurity
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Engender Submission to the Expert Working Group on Welfare Call for Evidence on Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Engender's response to the Expert Working Group on Welfare's second call for written evidence on social security in an independent Scotland.

Date of publication: December 2013.

Filename: 1312-working-group-on-welfare-call-to-evidence.doc | File size: 56KB | Tags: socialsecurity austerity poverty
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Changes to Passported Benefits

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on changes to passported benefits that will arise as a result of the introduction of Universal Credit and personal independence payment (PIP).

Date of publication: October 2012.

Filename: ScotGov-Passported-benefits-consultation-Engender-response.pdf | File size: 70KB | Tags: socialsecurity austerity poverty
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Engender Response to the Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland

Engender's Response to the Government Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland

Date of publciation: June 2008.

Filename: 080621-Discussion-Paper-on-Tackling-Poverty-Final-Response.pdf | File size: 135KB | Tags: austerity poverty socialsecurity asylum
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