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FPSW respond to JRF submission on Industrial Strategy

JRF have published their response to the government green paper on Industrial Strategy. Here is the FPSW comment on it.

Dear JRF,

I have read with great interest your response to the Green Paper on the Industrial Strategy (https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/jrf-response-industrial-strategy-green-paper?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JRF%20weekly%20round-up%20wc%2017%20April%202017&utm_content=JRF%20weekly%20round-up%20wc%2017%20April%202017+CID_96f85e11c8aecdeb1d813185ea32148f&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Read%20the%20response) .

I agree with much of it. However I do think there is a missed opportunity to apply a gender lens to your findings. We find that the majority of those in the low paid and insecure jobs are women for a number of reasons which go beyond the low productivity of the sectors in which they work. Our argument is that the Industrial Strategy needs to cover investment in the social infrastructure (such as childcare and elder social care) which would enable women to take more paid employment in more decent jobs. See for example: http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/links/408-social-infrastructure-and-industrial-strategy, and the direct link below.



Jackie Longworth

Chair, Fair Play South West