The Economy is not working for women

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2014 National Women's Conference
17 October 2013

This conference notes

The cuts across the public services are having a detrimental effect on women lives and the lives of their families. The UK is the sixth richest economy in the world and yet more than one in five people live below the poverty line.

Women whether single or in relationships are more likely to live in low income households with single parents and older women more likely to be living in poverty.

As a result of this many of our women members are relying on food banks and experiencing fuel poverty.

Recent research carried out by Oxfam shows that of the 8.1 billion in net personal tax increases and benefit cuts pushed through as part of the austerity measures 5.8 billion (72%) will impact on women.

Furthermore, it shows that since the cuts in public services female unemployment has risen to 1.08 million a level last seen in 1988 and this is expected to rise to 1.5 million by 2015.

This conference welcomes the decision of the Labour Party to abolish the bedroom tax and freeze energy prices when they come to power. We applaud those local authorities who are setting up their own energy schemes to ensure residents can access energy at a lower price. These measures will directly benefit women.

Therefore National Women’s Conference asks the National Women’s committee to

1)Report back to the National Women’s Conference 2015 on the amount of women members who have been made redundant due to cuts in the public sector.

2)Work with Labour Link to ensure the impact of the Con-Dems policies on women are a priority for the Labour Party’s policies in campaigning for the 2015 general election.

3)Promote There for You, to encourage women who need to access the services which UNISON offer including the credit union.