Women At Sharp End Of Cost Of Living Crisis

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11 Mar 2014

Things have never been so tough for women and their families. However when it comes to women, it’s out of sight out of mind, for this out of touch Government. Many women are struggling in low wage, temporary and insecure work with one in four earning less than the living wage.

Women are at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis. They know what it means to have to make the family finances stretch that little bit further, or to have to choose between their career and family because the cost of childcare is just too high. For women across the UK this is no recovery at all.

Instead of supporting women, the Prime Minister has shut women out of the top table of politics and lost touch with the reality of their lives.

We should make work pay for women by giving a tax rebate to firms that sign up to become living wage employers. We should also strengthen the minimum wage and tackle the abuse of zero-hours contracts and agency workers, the jobs where women are particularly affected.

Too many women have to choose between family and work because of the cost of childcare, which has risen by 30 per cent since 2010. I would like to see every working family given 25 hours of free childcare for their three and four year olds, an increase of ten hours a week.