10 February 2021

Responding to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women, the Fawcett Society have led a coalition of organisations in asking the Prime Minister follow the recommendations provided in the report. 

The report makes clear the coronavirus policy response has overlooked women and has potentially exacerbated the unequal position of women in the workforce and society. 

Key recommendations included statutory sick pay for all workers on zero hours contracts, maintaining the £20 Universal Credit uplift and expanding it to those on legacy benefits, publishing equality impact assessments for all job creation and support schemes, and reinstating the enforcement of gender pay gap reporting.

The organisations that signed the letter are:

  • The Young Women's Trust,
  • Trade Union Congress,
  • Maternity Action,
  • Women's Aid Federation of England,
  • UK Women's Budget Group, 
  • Pregnant Then Screwed. 

Read the full letter here.