How to carry out a human rights and equality impact assessment of the spending cuts on women


This is a toolkit for trade unions, voluntary organisations, community groups and others who want to assess the human rights and equality impact of the spending cuts on women in their communities. Although the toolkit focuses on women and the cuts, much of the information it contains can be used to look at the impact of the cuts on other groups.

Written by Mary-Ann Stephenson, Chair of Coventry Women’s Voices

Coventry Women’s Voices and the TUC have launched the Women and the Cuts Toolkit for unions and local groups wanting to do a human rights and equality impact assessment of the cuts on women in their town or city.

The toolkit looks at the impact of the cuts in eleven key areas:

  • Employment
  • Education and training
  • Housing
  • Welfare reform
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Services for children and young people (and their families)
  • Legal aid
  • Transport
  • Violence against women
  • Women’s voluntary organisations

For each area it provides an over-view of what cuts are happening and how these cuts will affect women, including the impact on specific groups of women such as BAME women or disabled women. It then shows how to research the likely local impact of these cuts, giving links to sources of national data that can be broken down by area, suggestions for where to look for local data and a guide to carrying out local consultations.

The toolkit also contains guides to promoting the findings of local research through campaigning, lobbying and media work.

Unions and voluntary groups will be able to use this toolkit to provide evidence of what the cuts will mean for women in their area.  With many of the cuts having been devolved to local councils, primary care trusts and other local public bodies this local evidence is vital to highlight what the impact on women will be in practice.

 Download TUC Women and the Cuts toolkit [PDF]

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