Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Women bearing brunt of cuts in gender pay gap

The findings by the Women's Resource and Development Agency (News, July 5) echo the report released by the Fawcett Society last month, Single Mothers: Singled Out, and once again confirm what those of us working in this area are concerned about: changes to welfare benefits could lead to social inequality and penalise the worst off.

The full-time gender pay gap between women and men is 15.5%, already one of the highest in Europe. While everyone accepts the need to tackle the deficit, that medicine should be fairly distributed and not disproportionately impact those who are already struggling to make ends meet.

ROB TOLAN

Head of policy and research

Elizabeth Finn Care

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