New figures released by Labour today show that women’s wages in the North East are worth £36.28 less a week since David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered Downing Street.
The figures also show that in every region of the country women’s wages have fallen in real terms with this region demonstrating the largest fall outside of London.
Across the country women have seen an average real terms decline of £26.14 a week in their pay.
Catherine McKinnell, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister and Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, speaking on International Women's Day, said:
"This is yet more evidence of how women of the North East are paying for the Cost of Cameron. It is shocking to see that women in this region have seen the biggest fall in real wages outside of the capital, £10 more than the fall in the other regions. It is quite clear that for women across the country this is no recovery at all.
“Our region's economic future can't be based on a low wage economy. Labour has set out the steps we will take to address this issue, like help with the cost of childcare, incentives for employers paying the Living Wage and cracking down on the exploitative use of zero hour contracts.”
Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:
"Things have never been so tough for women and their families. Women’s wages are worth £26 less a week since the election and have fallen for women across every region of the country.
"Women are at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis, they know what it means to have to make the weekly shop stretch that little bit further, or to have to choose between their career and family because the cost of childcare is just too high. For women across the UK this is no recovery at all.
"But instead of supporting women David Cameron and Nick Clegg have tuned women’s voices out. They’ve shut women out of the top table of politics and lost touch with the reality of women’s lives.
1. Between 2010-2013 women’s median gross real weekly earnings fell by £26.14 (5.9%) nationally. Figures adjusted for RPI.
2. Every region of the country has seen a fall in women’s real wages, the North East had the largest decline outside London:
Region (£) change 2010-2013
North East -£36.28
North West -£24.64
Yorkshire and the Humber -£24.75
East Midlands -£23.29
West Midlands -£21.84
South West -£32.33
South East -£23.74
Northern Ireland -£33.38
New figures released by Labour today show that women’s wages in the North East are worth £36.28 less a week since David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered Downing Street. The...
On Thursday 27th February Anna Turley brought Labour's Shadow Women and Equalities Minister Gloria de Piero to a special listening event with a group of women from Grangetown Netball Club ahead of International Women’s Day next month.
Anna and Gloria met and listened to the netballers talk candidly about their day to day lives and some of the challenges they face as women. The aim of the event was to hear about some of the issues they care about most and it gave the women the chance to be as honest, open and frank as they wanted.
The idea of the event was for women who don’t often come into contact with politics to tell Anna exactly what women in Grangetown want. The event was called as part of a national day of action organised by Labour to celebrate International Women’s Day and ensure women’s voices are heard with events scheduled to take place up and down the country.
Anna and Gloria asked the women for their views on everything from what they think about politicians, childcare and family pressures to the sexualisation of women by the media and pop culture and the impact this is having on young women’s aspirations and body image. Anna said;
“We had a great discussion with the netballers. They were really passionate and committed and care deeply about the community in Grangetown. I was really inspired by them and all the work they do to empower and develop young women in the area through sport.”
Gloria De Piero said;
“It was fantastic to meet such a great group of women and to talk about the issues that matter to them. Politics has to be about listening and we in the Labour party are determined to ensure women’s voices are heard at the heart of the party.”
Gel Williams who founded and runs the club said;
“It was great to be able to talk to Gloria and Anna about the issues that matter to us as women. Our club is much more than a sports club - it’s a family that has nurtured young girls through adolescent years to achieve their goals, and it has grown and strengthened through local people making a difference. We are proud to do this, and it was great to be able to put our views straight to our politicians.”
Notes to Editor
• International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year and is recognised by the UN. Countries across the world mark the day by celebrating the achievements and inspiring the next generation of women.http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp
On Thursday 27th February Anna Turley brought Labour's Shadow Women and Equalities Minister Gloria de Piero to a special listening event with a group of women from Grangetown Netball Club ahead of International Women’s Day...
Ministers have massively miscalculated the number of people unlawfully charged the Bedroom Tax in the last year, figures released by Labour show. Responses to a Freedom of Information request show that claims by Iain Duncan-Smith that up to 5,000 people had been affected by a loophole were underestimated by at least a third.
At the beginning of this year, it was revealed that government errors in legislation had led to a loophole in the Bedroom Tax which meant thousands of people have been wrongly charged. At the time Ministers insisted it would hit only a handful of households. Iain Duncan Smith MP told the House of Commons on January 13th that, ‘that the number is likely to be between 3,000 and 5,000. When asked how many people were affected by the loophole on 13th January, work and pensions minister Esther McVey MP said ‘This information is not available’.
Yet figures uncovered by Labour using Freedom of Information requests have revealed that thousands have been wrongly charged the bedroom tax. The 140 local authorities which replied to the Freedom of Information reported 16,450 people affected by the Bedroom Tax loophole including;
Chris Bryant MP said,
“Iain Duncan Smith told Parliament that 3000 to 5000 people had been illegally charged the bedroom tax thanks to the loophole, but it’s now clear he was just picking numbers out of thin air.
"With just a third of councils so far responding to our Freedom of Information requests, we already know that over 16,000 people are affected including 1300 in the North East. At this rate the total will be nearly 50,000 households, each of them overcharged by an average of £640. That’s £3,072,000 that will have to be repaid.
‘The Bedroom Tax has been a fiasco from start to finish and now the government have been caught out trying to downplay how many people are exempted by it. This would be a farce if it weren’t for the upset this has caused many vulnerable families and the huge cost to taxpayers.
‘We’ve always said the Bedroom Tax is cruel and unfair. The government should ditch it; if they don’t then Labour will.”
Ministers have massively miscalculated the number of people unlawfully charged the Bedroom Tax in the last year, figures released by Labour show. Responses to a Freedom of Information request show...