RJW Client Fawcett Society to Take Government to Court Over Unlawful Budget

By Russell Jones Walker, PRNE
Sunday, August 8, 2010

LONDON, August 9, 2010 - RJW client The Fawcett Society has filed papers with the High Court in
order to get a Judicial Review of the government's recent emergency budget.

The Fawcett Society (
believes that the government should have used
an equality impact assessment to determine whether its budget proposals would
increase or reduce inequality between women and men. Despite repeated
requests from the society, the Treasury has not provided any evidence that
any such an equality impact assessment took place.

A top line assessment of the budget measures show 72% of cuts will be met
from women's income with the remaining 28% from men's, due to many of the
cuts being to benefits that more women than men rely on. Additionally the
changes to the tax system will benefit far more men than women.

Since 2006 the government has been bound by a gender equality duty
which obligates it to actively promote equality between the sexes.

Samantha Mangwana, employment solicitor at Russell Jones & Walker who is
representing the Fawcett Society, said: "Although public authorities have
been subject to the gender equality duty for several years now, there is
widespread ignorance not only about how strong these laws actually are, but
also what specific steps are required to be undertaken. However, the case law
is crystal clear in spelling this out. Firstly, an equality impact assessment
must be conducted before policy decisions are taken.

"Secondly, where an assessment reveals a risk of sex discrimination
urgent action must be taken to address those risks. Clearly, if the equality
impact is not even assessed as a starting point, a public authority cannot
start to consider what steps to take to mitigate any inequality."

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