The Welfare Reform and Work Bill is currently making its way through the UK Parliament.
If this Bill is passed it will introduce a number of changes to benefits and tax credits including a 4 year freeze on benefits, limiting child tax credits to 2 children only and increasing the conditions carers will have to meet to receive their benefits.
Like many other organisations Chwarae Teg are concerned that the policies in the Bill will impact more heavily on women. To highlight this we have produced a briefing which looks at each part of the Bill we think will affect women.
Download (PDF): Briefing Paper, Welfare Reform and Work Bill, August 2015.
How you can make a difference.
We have shared this paper with all Welsh MPs and encouraged them to make sure the gender impact of the Bill is considered as it’s scrutinised by Parliament.
If you agree with us you can contact your MP to share your concerns and ask them to raise them in Parliament.
Find out who your MP is and how to contact them: parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps.
Example text for letter/ email to MP:
Dear (insert name of MP)
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill is set to bring in changes to the welfare system that will likely affect women more than men. Welfare reform has already had a disproportionate impact on women.
Estimates suggest that 74% of savings made to date have come directly from women’s pockets and further analysis by the House of Commons Library suggests that 70% of planned savings to be made by 2020/21 will also come from women’s pockets.
The new changes could leave many women and their families struggling to get by and risks pushing them into poverty.
To make sure this does not happen, this Bill should be subject to a full gender impact assessment to ensure that women will not be unfairly affected by the changes it will bring in.
As a minimum, scrutiny of the Bill needs to consider the gender impact it will have.
As my MP I hope you will take the opportunity to highlight this issue and request that the Bill be subject to a full gender impact assessment.
(insert name here)
On Our Radar.
Our aim is to ensure that policies and decisions benefit men and women equally, and that the barriers affecting women are tackled effectively.
Through On Our Radar, we’ll keep you updated with the most recent policies and topics that we’re looking at, and give you a chance to help us build a Wales that benefits men and women equally.