More than half of women MPs faced discrimination standing for parliament, finds Young Women’s Trust

More than half of current women MPs say they faced gender discrimination during their selection or election, according to a ComRes poll for Young Women’s Trust. 

The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, found that 55 per cent of women MPs were treated less well when trying to get into parliament because of their gender. Labour MPs were the most likely to report gender discrimination (24 per cent of all Labour respondents), followed by Conservative MPs (21 per cent of all Conservative respondents). 

Women earn £223,000 less than men in their lifetime, finds YWT

Women earn £223,000 less than men over the course of a lifetime, according to a Young Women’s Trust analysis released ahead of next week’s gender pay gap reporting deadline.

The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, analysed Office for National Statistics data and found that the pay gap exists from the moment young women start work. Women aged 22 to 29 can expect to earn on average £1,550 less a year than male colleagues, rising to £7,600 each year when they are in their 50s.

Legal costs halt thousands of domestic violence cases

Domestic abuse victims in England have been unable to get emergency court orders stopping their abusers from harming them. The National Centre for Domestic Violence said 6,000 victims were denied free legal representation last year. Legal Aid applicants for non-molestation orders are means tested and often told to pay towards the cost. Read the full article on the BBC News website.


The damaging legacy of the rape clause for three or more children

From 6 April that year, any woman claiming the equivalent of £53 per week for a third or subsequent child would have to fit into one of several exceptions – including declaring she had been raped or that she had the child within an abusive relationship. Read Rachal Revesz’s article in the Independent on the impact of the two-child policy.  

Funding: County Durham & Darlington Community Safety Fund

The Police, Crime & Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC), in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF), is making available a grants fund to support the community and voluntary sector of County Durham and Darlington. The Community Safety Fund will support projects and initiatives that help keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.


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