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Family income down except for rich families

Blog from the TUC analysing latest ONS data confirms that on average families are getting worse off, but that the rich are getting richer whilst the poorest are loosing most.

See http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2014/06/redistribution-the-rich-and-the-rest/#at_pco=smlrebh-1.0&at_si=53bfd1e91da78729&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=0&at_tot=4

Keeping Women Safe at Work

Keeping Women Safe at Work

Helen Jones MP (Member of Parliament for Warrington North, and Shadow Home Office Minister) will be hosting an event in the North West, alongside Yvette Cooper MP (Shadow Home Secretary), to look at Keeping Women Safe at Work. The event will take place on Thursday 17 July, 12.45pm, at Unite the Union, Transport House, Merchant’s Quay, Salford, M50 3SG and forms part of the Labour Party’s Women’s Safety Commission. Over the summer, the Commission will be gathering evidence from women across the country about their safety. The North West event will look specifically at the safety of women in work (including their journeys to and from the workplace). They are hoping to hear from women across a wide range of industries about their experiences – both positive and negative – concerning their safety. This is a women-only event.  In order to secure a place, you will need to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

EHRC Update on Government Budgets and Equality

Fair Financial Decision Making

A new report published by the EHRC sets out further steps that need to be taken by the government to ensure that financial decision making is as fair as possible by taking account of the impact on different groups of people. Public bodies, such as HM Treasury and other government departments, are legally obliged under the Equality Act 2010, to consider the potential effects of their decisions on equality of opportunity for disabled people and between women and men, people of different racial groups, people of different ages, and others.

Women in STEM action needed says survey

Government and employers must act now to help women return to science and engineering careers Government and employers must remove the barriers for women who want to return to jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The cost of childcare and inflexible working hours were the main barriers to a return to work according to the interim findings of a new survey run by Prospect, Talent Retention Solution, Women in Manufacturing and the Women’s Engineering Society.  

Government and employers must remove the barriers

Talent Retention Solution

Women’s Engineering Society

The Union for Professionals

Flexibile working for men

Intersting blog about City Fathers.


In support of the welfare state

If you read nothing else today, read this:


What the myriad opposition to austerity represented was something much bigger than the sum of its parts. The groups and individuals speaking out held up a moral mirror to the politicians who were the architects of austerity, and to those in society who remained silent or complicit as injustice grew. Most importantly, they were a reminder, with each interview, each campus upset, each arrest, each petition and each wheelchair chained to another, that the belts being tightened were not those of the rich but of the poorest, most marginalised and most vulnerable in society. We were not all in this together. We never were. And if austerity was to be allowed to become a permanent fixture of the British state, then what was at stake was that we never would be.

Diversity Leadership from "askten"


There’s a growing movement to rank and judge companies based on how many women executives they have. At first blush, it’s a good thing to hold companies accountable for diversity, but, in order to get an accurate picture, it’s important to go beyond simple numbers. A more important metric, albeit a more subtle one, is how well a company promotes a culture of inclusiveness - that is, do its leaders and managers, both men and women, respect the opinions, ideas, perspectives, and styles of everyone? Even if a company seems to be asleep at the wheel when it comes to diversity, an inclusive culture is usually a sign of good things to come.


In work poverty - latest Joseph Rowntree Report

New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines how employers can help to tackle working poverty. It takes paying the Living Wage as a given, and asks what other employment and management practices might help to address poverty. Written by economist John Philpott, importantly it also asks what the business case is for employers implementing different practices.

The report looks across human resources management and development practices such as structured recruitment, training, performance management, flexible working and fringe benefits, such as help with travel and childcare costs or access to a staff discount scheme. It finds that – when delivered well – these practices can help employees progress to a better job, reduce the stress of balancing work and home life, and help reduce the cost of living. For employers they can boost productivity, employee motivation and loyalty. They can also reduce staff turnover costs and absenteeism.

Report - Why Women in Business Need to be on the Agenda

Prowess Connect have launched a

Manifesto<http://www.prowess.org.uk/manifesto> to put women in business on the agenda.

The Manifesto can be seen pdfhere322.44 KB

Budget Response by Women's Budget Group

Women pay again!