Women are still being hit three times harder than men by Osborne’s Autumn Statement

Published at: November 26, 2015 12:15 PM
  • New figures compiled by the House of Commons Library show women are still being hit three times harder than men by changes to welfare spending and taxation;

  • Of the £16billion being raised in the current Parliament, £12billion is coming directly from the pockets of women. This includes changes to universal credit, childcare support and child benefit

Yvette Cooper MP said:

“Even with the delays to tax credit cuts, George Osborne’s plans still hit women three times harder than men. How can The Chancellor claim this is ‘progressive government in action’ when women are in the firing line. Of the £16 billion he is taking - a shocking £12 billion is coming from women, despite the fact that women still earn less and own less than men. Once again he didn’t own up to the truth from his Autumn Statement speech.”

Change in spending apportioned to women (House of Commons library research):


      £ Million       £ Million £ Million
  2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21

Whole period


Whole period


This Parliament 

Total &Million

0 150 2385 5375 8375 9365 16285 25650

This parliament

apportioned to women

0 286 (a) 1917 4046 6205 6954 12454 19408
%   191% 80% 75% 74% 74% 76% 76%



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