Budget 2018

Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Sandy Martin Sandy Martin Shadow Minister (Waste and Recycling) 12:00 am, 15th November 2018

What assessment the Government have made of the effect of Budget 2018 on women.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Secretary of State for International Development, Minister for Women and Equalities

As a result of meeting the commitments to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 one year early, 13.6 million women will see their income tax bill reduced in 2019-20 and 1 million women will be taken out of income tax altogether.

Photo of Sandy Martin Sandy Martin Shadow Minister (Waste and Recycling)

Thank you very much for allowing me a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. What steps are the Government taking to address the pensions inequality faced by older women affected by the rise in the state pension age?

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Secretary of State for International Development, Minister for Women and Equalities

I will be making an announcement on this in my topical questions statement. It is important that the Government Equalities Office, which has rightly concentrated on executive women and women in the workplace, should broaden the scope of its work to look at wider issues, including the financial fragility of some women.