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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 November 2016
Women bear 85% of benefit cuts
Lift the benefit cap, end austerity
Young women on the national anti-austerity demo, June 2015, photo Socialist Party (Click to enlarge)
Caroline Vincent, Leicester Socialist Party
By 2020 women will have shouldered 85% of the burden of changes to the tax and benefits system, claims a new report by campaign group 'A Fair Deal for Women'. It highlights the disproportionate effect of austerity.
The UK has a female prime minister. You may think this means things could start getting better for women. You may think this heralds an end to gender inequality.
Theresa May thinks otherwise. She leads a government whose sexist policies continue to negatively impact on women's working and family lives, and increase the gender gap.
This impact can have tragic consequences. Two thirds of women's refuges are potentially facing closure due to the housing benefit cap.
Junior doctors have also been enraged by the overt sexism in the new contract the Tories are trying to force upon them. The government states that "any adverse effect on women is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate end."
Discrimination against women in the workplace is rampant, with sexist dress codes commonplace, and a pay gap that will take an estimated 62 years to close!
It's bad enough to arrive at work knowing you will be earning around a fifth less than your male counterparts. Insult is added to injury if you're sent home to change into high-heeled shoes!
The effect of benefit and tax cuts on women illustrates that fighting sexism is a class issue, and cannot be separated from the fight against the Tories' unrelenting agenda of austerity.
The way to improve women's lives is through the reversal of austerity, creation of secure jobs on decent pay, affordable housing - and free education, adult care and children's care. We need a mass workers' party to help draw women into the fight against inequality in all its forms.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 30 November 2016:
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