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Estimating the gender impact of tax and benefits changes

Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This note looks at different approaches to estimating the impact of budget measures on women and men.

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Since 2010, successive Labour Shadow Ministers for Women and Equalities have publicised analysis of the impact of personal taxation and benefit changes on women. Commissioned from the House of Commons Library, this analysis is based on a methodology created by Yvette Cooper MP in 2010.

This briefing paper looks the basis for Labour’s claim that changes in taxes and benefits have had a disproportionate impact on women. It also compares the figures used by Labour to analyse the impact of Government policies by gender with alternative approaches adopted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Women’s Budget Group.

Commons Briefing papers SN06758

Authors: Richard Cracknell; Richard Keen

Topics: Benefits policy, Public expenditure, Sex discrimination

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