The pay gap between men and women has risen in Brighton and Hove under David Cameron and Nick Clegg
New figures show that in Brighton and Hove the pay gap for what men and women earn has risen from 13 per cent in 2010 to 17 per cent. Women therefore now earn on average 83p for every male £1.
The news comes as Labour’s ‘woman to woman’ pink bus tour comes to Brighton with Harriet Harman Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:
“It is great to be here to meet up with women in Brighton to listen to their concerns and hear what they want from Government.
“We believe that this election will be a watershed for women in this country. Women in Brighton and Hove had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality”
“With Labour there would be more progress towards ending the unfairness of women earning less than men – and tackling low pay”.
Purna Sen, Labour’s candidate in Brighton Pavilion said:
“I have spent many years working as an equalities campaigner both here and internationally. We have over 4.5 thousand single working mothers in Brighton and Hove. The fact that women earn less than men is no longer acceptable, more needs to be done. I’m delighted Harriet has brought the Women to Women tour here to Brighton Pavilion to listen to local women.”
The ‘Woman to Woman’ tour will be highlighting Labour pledges to provide tax breaks to employers who pay the living wage, and to take wider action on low pay by boosting the minimum wage to £8 by the end of the Parliament as well as other plans in Labour’s Women’s manifesto including childcare.
In the South East, the average cost of part-time nursery for a child aged two and over has risen by 32% since 2010. Labour’s plan would do more to support parents, extending free childcare from 15 to 25 hours a week for working parents of three and four-year-olds, guaranteeing access for parents of primary-age children to 8am-6pm wraparound childcare through primary schools.