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UK women claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance risen 12%


Summary of story from Women in Technology, 17.2.11.

The number of women claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has risen by 12 per cent to reach a record level, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

This is down to government cuts having a “disproportionate impact on women”, according to Anna Bird, acting chief executive of the Fawcett Society.

“Slashing at the public sector workforce inevitably hits women hardest – 65 per cent of public sector workers are women, and they are concentrated in the low paid, low grade and insecure work most under threat,” she explained.

Bird claimed that the scale of these job losses is undermining women’s financial security, threatens women’s independence and widens the equality gap between men and women.

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