Even a top line assessment of the budget measures show 72 per cent of cuts will be met from women’s income as opposed to 28 per cent from men’s. This is because many of the cuts are to the benefits that more women than men rely on, and the changes to the tax system will benefit far more men than women.
Support Fawcett’s bid for a judicial review of the budget
**JOIN US TO PROTEST OUTSIDE THE HIGH COURT**
12.30 pm – 2pm, Monday 6th December, Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London WC2A 2LL
In August, the Fawcett Society lodged papers challenging the legality of the government’s emergency Budget. Of the £8 billion pounds worth of cuts made through changes to tax and welfare in the Budget, 70 per cent are set to come from women’s pockets.
The Fawcett Society believes such a skewed budget could not have been drawn up in accordance with the law. We believe the Treasury did not, as is required by law, consider whether their plans would have a disproportionate impact on women and affect women’s equality.
On Monday, lawyers on both sides will present their arguments to a judge, who will decide whether or not to grant us a judicial review of the budget.
Come and show your support for Fawcett’s case, be seen and be heard.
Making women bear the brunt of cuts is wrong; drawing up a budget without thinking who it will affect is unlawful.
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shows that last months emergency budget looks like the worst for women since the creation of the welfare stateA gender audit of the Budget commissioned by Yvette Cooper and carried out by the House of Commons Library shows that women will bear a disproportionate burdenIt found that of the 8bn net revenue to be raised by financial year 2014-15 nearly 6bn will be from women in contrast with just over 2bn from men. Responding to the studys findings Yvette Cooper said I cannot recall any budget that has ever had such a severe attack on women in the history welfare state. It shows neither Cameron nor Clegg have any understanding of the reality of millions of women s lives.