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North East women’s wages worth £36 a week less since David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered Downing Street

rsz_catherine_mckinnell.jpgNew 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.


Editor’s notes

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
East -£25.75
London -£53.40
South East -£23.74
Wales -£21.63
Scotland -£18.80

Northern Ireland -£33.38


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