At Prime Ministers Questions today Roberta asked the Prime Minister why his government had introduced a raft of cuts which would disproportionately affect mothers.
In light of Mother’s Day on Sunday, and International Women’s Day yesterday, Roberta asked the Prime Minister why he was targeting this group of society – mothers – to the tune of a cut of £13 billion.
The research into the gendered nature of Conservative cuts was commissioned by the Labour Party, and the figures, produced by the House of Commons library found that cuts to the four-year freeze on child benefit and in work benefit payments, reductions in housing benefit and other policies outweighed increases to the personal income tax allowance and extra money for childcare that are available for women leaving them worse off as a result of government policies.
Roberta asked the Prime Minister,
“Mr Speaker, on Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day, and just yesterday International Women’s Day. Honourable members opposite rightly were keen to celebrate women on both occasions.
Why then, has this government introduced cuts to public services, a freeze on child benefit, and reductions in work-related benefits which will ultimately leave mothers 13 billion pounds worse off?”
Following the Prime Minister’s response, Roberta said,
“Disappointingly, the Prime Ministers answer didn’t mention cuts to vital public services or in work support that helps women take up employment opportunities once. He was simply unable to answer my question, which just is not good enough. Mothers in Durham and across the country want to know why they are becoming a target for government cuts, cuts which amount to a huge £13 billion. These figures are a disgrace and the government should re think their approach to support for women, particularly those on low incomes.”
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