Monday 7th January 2013 | 10:14
Labour: Labour condemns Government's New Year Assault on women
Labour press release
New figures show:
- 4.6 million women who receive child tax credit directly will be hit by the strivers tax - including 2.5 million working women, and over 1 million women who are caring for children while their husbands or partners work.
- Low paid new mums are losing £1,300 during pregnancy and the baby's first year from cuts to maternity pay, pregnancy support and tax credits according to the House of Commons library. They are also losing a further £422 from cuts to child benefit over the same period. (Tables from House of Commons Library show breakdown of £1300 for typical low paid family).
- 86% of those in receipt of child tax credits are women.
- Two thirds of those hit overall by the 1% benefit and tax credit freeze are women according to House of Commons Library analysis (see attached tables)
- On average, 98% of those hit by Monday's child benefit change are women - including women on low pay or at home with small children whose husbands are on over £50k a year.
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary & Minister for Women and Equalities, said;
"Once again women are bearing the brunt of David Cameron's damaging policies and paying the price for this Government’s economic failure. George Osborne and David Cameron came up with real cuts to tax credits as a political stunt, whilst giving millionaires a tax cut. The shocking truth is that working women are paying the price of these Tory boys' political games.
"Two thirds of those hit directly by the "strivers tax" are women, including over two and a half million working mums who are losing out from changes to the child tax credit. New figures show new mums are losing over £1700 in maternity pay, pregnancy support, child tax credit and child benefit. And of course over 95% of the direct losers from Monday's chaotic child benefit changes are likely to be women too.
"Time and again David Cameron reveals he has a complete blind spot about women's lives. Either he hasn't a clue, or he just doesn't care. This cabinet's deep prejudice against women means working women and mums at home with young children have been hardest hit every time."