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Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson

Co-director of the Women's Budget Group

What The Party Manifestos Mean For Women On: Violence Against Women And Girls Services

It is not clear whether any of the parties are proposing to make up for cuts in local funding for existing services, still less ensure that services are available to meet the needs of all women including in parts of the country where there are currently few services. The Government itself admits that violence against women costs society around £40billion a year.
07/06/2017 07:55 BST

What The Party Manifestos Mean For Women On: Brexit

Almost a year after the EU referendum, this election is the first time voters in the UK can have a say on our post Brexit future. But what are the parties offering, and what will that mean for women? The Women's Budget Group analysis of the manifestos finds there are still more questions than answers.
01/06/2017 18:07 BST

What The Party Manifestos Mean For Women On: Social Security

Unlike the other parties the Conservative manifesto contains no proposals for changes to working age benefits or tax credits. Universal credit will continue to be rolled out on current plans. There are no plans to reverse any of the changes to benefits that have had, or will have, a particular impact on women.
01/06/2017 10:45 BST

A Tale Of Three Budgets On International Women's Day

Strangely, although the Chancellor made several mentions of the fact that the budget was happening on International Women's Day budget, he didn't claim the social care spending as evidence that this was a budget for women. But this was certainly one of the most significant announcements for women in this budget... At the same time the Treasury has chosen to make a series of tax cuts, which will cost the UK £41billion a year by 2020, more than the £37billion a year saved from social security cuts. Most of those who will benefit from tax cuts are men, so this has been a policy of transferring money from the purses of poorer women into the wallets of richer men.
08/03/2017 17:41 GMT

How Brexit Uncertainty Is Creating Anxiety For Women

<img alt="all women everywhere" src="" width="300" height="35" /> "We've just found out that the funding for our project will end next year, the demand is still there, but it is EU funding, so..." I was in Coventry interviewing the director of a women's organisation providing health, education and employment programmes for women in one of the poorest wards in the City. We were talking about the effects of austerity, but as so often in my interviews that day, it soon became clear that the problems caused by cuts to national and local funding were exacerbated by the impact of Brexit.
06/03/2017 07:41 GMT

Has The Treasury Got Something To Hide?

The Government has an obligation under the Public Sector Equality Duty to have due regard to the impact of its policies on equality. But they've not exactly been keen to make that a reality... The Treasury refused to send a Minister to answer the Committee's questions about equality impact, saying that individual Government departments were responsible for doing this analysis... do they have something to hide?
21/11/2016 17:35 GMT