In the UK the tax year begins on April 6. What is about to happen is a severe attack on women’s welfare.
Parents will no longer be able to claim tax credits for more than two children – unless they can prove that subsequent children were a consequence of rape or a coercive relationship relationship!
And while the whole change will hurt women the most, that exception was pushed through by statutory instrument without even a vote in parliament.
This is a resolute line of action from a UK government in 2017; where Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly expressed her commitment to helping poorer households. How is she?
This is a government which has already blighted the incomes and economic status of women through welfare “reforms” and public sector cutbacks in the name of austerity while allowing employers to make workers’ conditions ever more flexible at the same time.
“Teresa May” states “a key part of controlling public spending to create an economy that works for everyone”.
But the reality is that in many cases, the people applying for tax credits will be among the UK’s 2 million single parents, around 90 per cent of whom are women.
How do these statistics show an economy working for everyone! Under this Tory Government Teresa May should and could do more!
Women also need to prove rape to be granted the three-child exception, they are being further punished for sex-based crimes they have already experienced.
How can a policy “work for everyone” when it deliberately suppresses women’s economic status and seeks to control their fundamental freedom to have children or not?
The Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires all policy and spending proposals to undergo an equality impact assessment, is again a attack of women.
Has the UK government even conducted such an assessment?
Has the government no regard for the spirit of domestic or international anti-discrimination legislation?
The reality is that in many cases, the people applying for tax credits will be among the UK’s 2 million single parents, around 90 per cent of whom are women.