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Women ‘hit worst’ by spending cuts

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Summary of story from The Independent, ed 17 May, stuff 2011

Women will be hit worst by public spending cuts, ambulance a study has found.

The report by the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick and Coventry Women’s Voices says cuts to social care, legal aid and benefits will have a bigger impact on women than men. It also predicts an increase in the pay gap.

Co-author Mary-Ann Stephenson of Coventry Women’s Voices said women could be pushed into poverty, and rape or abuse victims could find it harder to get justice.

“The effect will be devastating, particularly on the most vulnerable,” she said.

Coventry was used as a case study but the report’s authors say it is relevant to the rest of the UK.

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