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Women's wages tumble under Tories and Lib Dems

New figures released by Gloria De Piero, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities show that women’s wages in Wales are worth £21.63 less per week since David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered Downing Street.

On a recent visit to Cardiff, Gloria De Piero visited the seat of David Cameron’s minister for women, Jenny Willott, and heard from new mums how low pay and childcare are two of the biggest barriers to re-entering work after pregnancy.

Gloria De Piero MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:

"Things have never been so tough for women and their families. Women's wages are worth £26 less per week since the election and have fallen for women across every region of the country. Women are at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis, they know what it means to have to make the weekly shop stretch that little bit further, or to have to choose between their career and family because the cost of childcare is just too high. For women across the UK this is no recovery at all.

"But instead of supporting women David Cameron and Nick Clegg have tuned women’s voices out. They’ve shut women out of the top table of politics and lost touch with the reality of women's lives.

Jo Stevens, Welsh Labour's candidate for Cardiff Central in 2015, said:

"Jenny Willott is content to dance to the Tories' tune while local people are besieged by the cost-of-living crisis. It’s outrageous that her government are giving tax cuts worth over £100,000 a year to millionaires and at the same time standing aside and letting low-paid women suffer unfairly.

"As the minister responsible for this in the Tory government, Jenny Willott cannot hide from this. She should take responsibility for allowing this to happen, and apologise."

 

ENDS

Editor's notes

1.   Between 2010-2013 women’s median gross real [1] weekly earnings fell by £26.14 (5.9%) nationally.

2.   Every region of the country has seen a fall in women’s real wages:

Region

(£) change 2010-2013

North East

-£36.28

North West

-£24.64

Yorkshire and the Humber

-£24.75

East Midlands

-£23.29

West Midlands

-£21.84

South West

-£32.33

East

-£25.75

London

-£53.40

South East

-£23.74

Wales

-£21.63

Scotland

-£18.80

Northern Ireland

-£33.38

[1] Adjusted for RPI

 

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