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FPSW at IWD M-Shed 4th March 2017

Come and visit the FPSW stall at the M-Shed on Saturday where BWV will be celebrating International Women's Day.


Brexit and Women event Exeter 2nd March

Fawcett Devon event http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events

Social Infrastructure and Industrial Strategy

pdfBriefing for FPSW332.28 KB on importance of Social Infrastructure to  Inclusive Growth and Industrial Strategies.


"Industrial Strategy which benefits all
If the aim of an ‘Industrial Strategy’ were only to support economic growth and productivity then it would still need to consider all of the contributing factors. As well as the geographical distribution of manufacturing and the development of physical infrastructure such as road, transport links and buildings, it must include sectors such as education, health and care, which are both direct employers of significant numbers and enablers for the other sectors. The childcare and adult social care sectors have been particularly neglected in economic policy making in the past. This social infrastructure provides jobs directly and has the potential to improve workforce quality and availability and it should form part of any Industrial Strategy.
As importantly however, the Inclusive Growth agenda throws light on the wider social benefits of investment in social infrastructure. If the aim is an economy which works for all, - the just managing, the left behind, the politically cynical, - then economic and social policy need to be combined; surely the definition of an Industrial Strategy?"
Defines quality jobs, social infrastructure and inclusive growth:


Women and the EU Letter to MP

Following the well-attended event held by Clare Moody MEP in December 2016, FPSW Chair has sent a letter to her MP seeking clarification on issues affecting women in the negotiations on Brexit and consequential UK Government policies. It says:

The impact on Women of the UK leaving the EU

I am concerned that the discussions and information about the exit negotiations have ignored issues around equalities for UK citizens, including women’s equality. Women stand to lose a lot of the progress made over decades unless specific consideration is given to a number of different aspects. For example:


WBG Recruiting admin and research assistant

UK Women’s Budget Group part-time Administration and Research Assistant


Based in London

Salary: £23-25,000 dependent on experience

Hours: 14 hours per week

Closing date: Tuesday 21st February 2017

Interviews to be held on: Wednesday 1st March 2017

Dany Cotton, the first woman to be appointed London Fire Commissioner

https://issuu.com/prospectprofile/docs/eprofile_1-17_issuu Page 19

While she was temping and still looking for a proper career, Dany noticed an advert in her local paper. The London Fire Brigade was recruiting and “would particularly welcome women and BME candidates”. “I went home and showed friends and family. They basically said: ‘That’s not a job for women. It’s a man’s job,’” recalls Dany. “In some ways, that just made me think ‘I’ll give it a go anyway.’”

Dany became commissioner on 1 January this year, nearly 30 years after she applied to the advert, and today leads nearly 6,000 LFB staff.


Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations


The Government response to its consultation on the proposed Reporting Regulations has clarified a number of questions raised by employers. For example, the relevant date will now be 5th April to avoid complexities of spanning two tax years. Commencement will be April 2017.

However, the size of employers within scope remains 250 employees, and a number of other modifications proposed by civil society and trade unions will not be made, including:


IWD 2017 Theme: be bold - reduce the gender pay gap!


Event " Become a carer or mentor for refugee children and young people" on 31st Jan at City Hall, Bristol


Dear colleague,

As you may know, Bristol is keen to welcome some of the 88,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people who made their way to Europe before March 2016 and who are living in refugee camps in Italy, Greece and France.

However we need more host families  to support the children and young people so we are organising a fast track process to recruit more foster carers, supported lodgings and befrienders. We held our first event in November and 150 people booked within 2 days. From the audience we were able to follow up  the 24 people who were interested in fostering, 15 people interested in offering supported lodgings and 40 people who were interested in mentoring

We are holding a follow up event for the people who were unable to get a ticket for the first event and for people who are keen to be foster carers

We are particularly keen to involve as diverse a group of foster carers as possible.