Many supporters of Remain or Leave have portrayed the distributional effects of Brexit as straightforwardly positive or negative. In fact, the potential effects of Brexit on inequality are complex and multifaceted. A July 2018 report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) looks at how leaving the EU could impact on inequalities across income groups, …
Post-Brexit, we will be the only country in Europe where politicians will be free to remove and diminish hard-won rights, especially for women and minority groups. This is according to a joint letter on Brexit and women’s rights by female parliamentarians, businesswomen and campaigners published in the Guardian in June 2018.
Women’s organisations are seeing demand for their services increase by 85%, while their funding is decreasing by half. This is according to a June 2018 report by the Women’s Resource Centre, which argues that women’s organisations are needed to combat the reality of gender inequality but are threatened in the current funding and policy environment.
We must widen understanding about the impact on women otherwise those who are disadvantaged the most by reason of ethnicity, class, income and citizenship will be truly left behind by Brexit. This is according to a June 2018 article by PolicyBristol Hub which summarises discussions from a symposium on women’s equality and Brexit.
‘Women in the UK and gender experts have been distinctly under-represented both in the Brexit referendum campaign and in the ongoing negotiations for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU’, writes Barbara Helfferich in the first of our Gender and Brexit blog series.
The Government Equalities Office have published their July 2018 LGBT Action Plan: Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, alongside the results of a national survey of LGBT people.
A June 2018 report (pdf) by Stonewall exposes ‘alarming levels of racism’ towards BAME people within the LGBT community. Many trans, bi, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith also feel excluded.
Positive Action is being chronically under-utilised, which in turn is acting as a barrier to addressing the under-representation of women in key sectors within apprenticeships and beyond.
This is according to June 2018 report (pdf) from the Young Women’s Trust (YWT) on the attitudes towards and use of positive action in relation to apprenticeships aimed at addressing gender inequality in the construction, engineering and ICT sectors in England.
‘My vision is for a city where everyone can reach their full potential, and I am confident we can make real progress in the years ahead’.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out his vision for an inclusive London in his May 2018 strategy (pdf).
“Combining payments may send money straight to wallet and not to purse, undermining women’s economic independence and their ability to leave abusive relationships.” This is according to Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women’s Budget Group in relation to the June 2018 report on Universal Credit and financial abuse. The report is by the Women’s Budget Group, Surviving Economic …