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Women will be hit the hardest by the spending cuts.

Julie Gunnell

2:41pm 30th November 2010

Women will be hit the hardest by the spending cuts.

That's from York Councillor, Julie Gunnell, who says it's going to deepen existing inequalities between men and women.

She says in York 72% of the saving will come from jobs or services largely carried out by women.

Ladies make up almost three-quarters of the city's council workforce, which we know will be hit.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced an independent assessment of the impact of Government cuts on particular groups of people.

It will look at the extent to which the Treasury has met its legal obligations to consider the impact on protected groups of decisions within the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Labour councillor Julie Gunnell welcomed the announcement:

“I welcome the EHRC’s use of its assessment powers on such a key issue for women and other groups who face economic inequality.  The cuts impact disproportionately on women in terms of jobs, benefits and services and it is crucial that when policy and budget decisions are made by councillors at the local level, it does not deepen existing inequality between men and women”.

Coun. Gunnell today warned that women in York will be badly affected by the cuts in areas such as childcare costs, changes to working tax credits, housing benefits  and pensions and cuts to public sector jobs.

She comments:

“It is crucial that the council undertakes this work to ensure that services and funding is not cut where it is directed towards improving the lives of those that need support, and who are protected by equalities legislation”.

(PICTURED: Julie Gunnell)

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