In August, the Fawcett Society lodged papers challenging the legality of the government’s emergency Budget. Of the £8 billion pounds worth of cuts made through changes to tax and welfare in the Budget, 70 per cent are set to come from women’s pockets.
The Fawcett Society believes such a skewed budget could not have been drawn up in accordance with the law. They also believe the Treasury did not, as is required by law, consider whether their plans would have a disproportionate impact on women and affect women’s equality.
On Monday, their lawyers will present their arguments to a judge, who will decide whether or not to grant a judicial review of the budget.
You are invited to come and show your support for Fawcett’s case, be seen and be heard.
12.30 pm – 2pm, Monday 6th December, Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London WC2A 2LL
To learn more about our legal challenge, including the specifics of the law and the impact they believe the case has had so far, check out the Fawcett Society website.
They tell us they are using the Twitter hashtag #budgetchallenge for the case.
Established in 1866, Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men. Their vision is of a society in which women and men enjoy equality at work, at home and in public life. They campaign on women’s representation in politics and public life; pay, pensions and poverty; valuing caring work; and the treatment of women in the justice system. They make real differences in women’s lives by creating awareness, leading debate and driving change and we have real lobbying power. Their successes range from a change in the law to allow political parties to use all-women shortlists to increase the number of women MPs, to reform of the rape law, to a new duty on public bodies to promote equality between women and men.