Annesley, Claire and Himmelweit, Susan
In: Yeates, Nicola; Haux , Tina; Jawad , Rana and Kilkey, Majella eds.
In defence of welfare: the mpacts of the spending review February 2011.
The Social Policy Association, pp. 19–21.
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This chapter examines the government's approach to fairness in its Comprehensive Spending Review and shows that it fails to acknowledge that men and women start from unequal positions, and that there are many barriers to social mobility other than lack of educational qualifications.
Unequal employment opportunities and unpaid caring responsibilities are given as two examples. As a result women rely on public services to be able to combine care with employment and so cuts in public services have a greater impact on women's opportunities than on men's. This is shown to have been the case for the cuts in the Comprehensive Spending Review and figures giving the differential impact on various types pf households are given.
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