A gender perspective on 21st century welfare reform

This response provides a gender analysis of the potential impact of the welfare reform proposals, particularly on women living in poverty and in receipt of benefits/tax credits. Enabling women with caring responsibilities to become gainfully employed is one of the keys to economic growth; but in order to tackle poverty by encouraging greater engagement with the labour market, it is important to get these reforms right for women, by looking at the barriers to their employment. (Oxfam, 2010)

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