House of Commons Library briefing on estimating the gender impact of tax and benefits changes

The House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on estimating the gender impact of tax and benefits changes in December 2016.

Since 2010, successive Labour Shadow Ministers for Women and Equalities have publicised analysis of the impact of personal taxation and benefit changes on women. Commissioned from the House of Commons Library, this analysis is based on a methodology created by Yvette Cooper MP in 2010. The briefing paper looks the basis for Labour’s claim that changes in taxes and benefits have had a disproportionate impact on women. It also compares the figures used by Labour to analyse the impact of Government policies by gender with alternative approaches adopted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Women’s Budget Group.