Results 1–20 of 386 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dawn Butler

Women and Equalities: Workplace Sexual Harassment (22 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: We have to be very clear about this. Because the Government repealed section 40 of the Equality Act 2010, there is now no statutory protection over third party harassment. If the Government are committed to protecting women and girls, will they show this by either reinstating section 40 or, at the very least, introducing stronger legislation to ensure protection against third party harassment?

Women and Equalities: Period Poverty (22 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: Last week, the Minister asked us to remember the suffragettes chained to the grilles. I ask the Minister today to remember those women chained to the house because of period poverty, those women chained to poor housing because of universal credit, and those women chained to an abusive partner because of the closure of refuges. Will the Minister work with me to develop and implement policies...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I just want to help the Minister a bit. The Women’s Budget Group, the Runnymede Trust and lots of other organisations, as well as the ONS and HMRC, accumulate the data that would be needed, so the data necessary to carry out equality impact assessments are available. In fact, the Treasury does some assessments anyway.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: Having a detailed understanding of how policy choices exacerbate or eliminate inequality at every stage of policy making is key to tackling burning injustices and producing good policies. I wish to put new clause 9 to the vote. Question put, That the clause be read a Second time. The House divided: Ayes 265, Noes 304.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I want to clarify something. Equality impact assessment is part of the public sector equality duty. It looks at the implementation of policies, assesses them, and sees whether they have helped or hindered progress. That is all that equality impact assessment does. It is a good thing. It is not an extra burden; it makes for good decision making.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is good governance to have a look at the impact of one’s policies on society.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: The hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Bim Afolami) is absolutely right: this new clause does highlight the difference between the Government and the Opposition. The Government are intent on taking actions, regardless of whether they help, hinder or hurt people, whereas Labour Members want to ensure that we have policies that help society.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. New clause 9 stands in the name of my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition and other hon. Friends. I thank the previous Minister for Women and Equalities, the right hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening), for the equality impact assessment response sent to me just before Christmas. Her responses are normally quite upbeat. I...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I agree that it is good to get companies to publish their pay gap information, but there are no teeth if companies fail to do so. That is a real problem that needs to be addressed. We need to tackle the gender pay gap, and there needs to be punishment for companies that fail to address the pay gap—that is an unfortunate failing in the Government’s plan.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: Again, the problem is that very few companies have actually published, and the deadline is quickly approaching. The letter from the right hon. Member for Putney went on to say that the Treasury would complete a cumulative impact assessment. I have yet to receive confirmation of that cumulative impact assessment, so will the Minister confirm that it has been done and whether a copy will be...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I am sorry, but I am just coming to the end of my speech. If the Government fail to support this very reasonable new clause, more and more people will begin to question why this Government are so intent on harming and hindering women and those with protected characteristics, as opposed to helping them.

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I would like to thank the Minister for sight of her statement. Unfortunately I have not really had time to read it as it was given to me so late—not very sisterly, but never mind. I was hoping that the Minister was going to make an announcement today that the Government were going to issue an official apology to the women of the suffragette movement or maybe a pardon for those who were...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I am afraid it is true. I do not want to get into, “Our one’s bigger than your one,” but Labour has more female MPs than all the political parties put together. This Government talk about their commitment to equality, but in reality, the only thing they are committed to is making announcements without action. It is true that the entire process of the grants has been...

Women and Equalities: Budget Gender Impact Analysis (11 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: I finally received a letter from the Government Equalities Office in regards to an equality impact assessment. If, as the Minister has just stated, the impact assessment was carried out, it would have shown that 86% of the Government cuts would have fallen on women. Why then did the Government continue with these damaging policies?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: I, too, welcome the additional burden put on the Minister in her new role, and thank the former Minister for her work. On 26 August 2016, the Prime Minister began her PR exercise on the race disparity audit. On 10 October 2017, the Government released the data. This week, as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for governance and inclusive leadership, I launched the Investing in...

NHS Winter Crisis: Office for Students: Appointment (8 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Education to make a statement on the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students.

NHS Winter Crisis: Office for Students: Appointment (8 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is not lost on me that I am up against one of the Johnson brothers and asking questions about one of their mates. Mr Speaker, “Violent, sexist and homophobic language must have no place in our society, and parliamentarians of all parties have a duty to stamp out this sort of behaviour wherever we encounter it, and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” Those are the words...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: The Minister referred to distributional analyses. The distributional analysis carried out by the IFS, the non-gendered and gendered analyses of the Women’s Budget Group, and others, such as those carried out using the Euromod tax-benefit model for EU countries, all share the same characteristic: they are static. The exact same method is adopted by the Treasury itself when it assesses...


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