- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
“The Government’s cuts have disproportionately affected women. Labour’s manifesto outlines plans to tackle the gender pay gap and enable child-minding grandparents time off work.”
“Labour’s women’s manifesto also sets out measures to:
• Tackle low pay, by increasing the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019.
• Tackle the gender pay gap with new pay transparency rules for all large employers.
• Extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours a week for working parents of three and four-year-olds with proper funding from increasing the bank levy.
• Guarantee access for parents of primary-age children to 8am-6pm wraparound childcare through primary schools.
• Protect the Sure Start budget and open up an additional 50,000 childcare places.
• Double paid paternity leave from two to four weeks, and increase pay to the equivalent of a full weeks work at the National Minimum Wage so that more families can take up their entitlements.
• Support healthy relationships by introducing age-appropriate compulsory sex and relationship education.
• Tackle violence against women and girls by appointing a new commissioner to enforce national standards on tackling domestic and sexual abuse, strengthening the law and providing more stable central funding for women’s refuges and Rape Crisis Centres.”
More information about Labour’s Manifesto for Women can be found here: http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/labours-manifesto-for-women