Women losing £400 a year from tax and welfare changes

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Women losing £400 a year from tax and welfare changes: response to EHRC cumulative impact assessment 

YWTResponding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s cumulative impact report, released today, which shows the impact of tax and welfare changes on different groups, Young Women's Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“Women – and especially young women – are falling into poverty as a result of changes to taxes and social security. 

"They are working hard to be financially independent but for too many the reality is insecure work, low pay and debt. Today's EHRC report shows that this is only set to get worse unless the Government takes action. 

“Much more needs to be done to improve young women’s prospects. This means giving them the right skills and support to find jobs, ensuring decent and flexible jobs are available for those who need to balance work with care, and extending the National Living Wage to under-25s, so they are paid the same amount for the same work." 


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust is a charity that supports and represents women in England and Wales aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on the effects of tax, welfare, social security and public spending is available here. It shows that women will lose about £400 per year on average, while men will only lose £30.
  3. For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or on 07963018281.