Public sector ‘needs to consider if women suffer more from job cuts’

Government departments will be in breach of equality laws if they do not consider whether cuts in the public sector fall disproportionately on women, according to the minister for equalities.

Government departments will be in breach of equality laws if they do not consider whether cuts in the public sector fall disproportionately on women, according to the minister for equalities.
In an interview with the Guardian over the weekend, Lynne Featherstone said the new equality duty, introduced in April as part of the Equality Act 2010, meant the public sector would have to "look at who is losing jobs. They have to have considered it and to make sure it’s fair," she is reported to have said.
However, she told the Guardian that she believed the coalition had a better record on women than Labour and cited policies like the consultation on extending the right to request flexible working to all employees and the extension to 15 hours of free childcare for under twos from underpriveleged families. She was also confident that a resurgent private sector would provide jobs for those who lost their positions in the public sector. 

 





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