We have an opportunity to say what this new social security system will look like!
This is because women in Scotland don’t yet have equality (surprise!). Women are paid less, do a great deal more unpaid care work, and are less (financially and physically) secure than men.
It is therefore vital that women’s voices are heard in the consultation.
If Universal Credit is paid to one member in a household rather than to individuals, which is the current system in the UK, it will undermine the principles of equality and autonomy which should be at the heart of the social security system.
People should have access to the payments which are meant for them.
Household payments of Universal Credit undermine women’s safety.
These changes to social security are likely to affect most women at some point in their lives.
You can help shape Scotland’s social security system to ensure that all women’s equality is at the heart of it.
We want as many women as possible to fill out the consultation, so we’ve tried to make it as easy as we can! There’s a step-by-step guide to filling out the section on Universal Credit here, and of course you should feel free to answer any of the other questions as well!
There’s also a sign-up box to show your support for individual payments of Universal Credit, and stay up to date with any news.
‘Knowing Me; Knowing You: Is this the best we can do for cohabiting couples? Engender has responded to the Scottish Law Commission's consultation on reforms to the law governing cohabitation in Scotland. This blog, from Engender's Policy and Parliamentary Manager Eilidh Dickson, sets out why equality in cohabitation is a feminist issue.
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