A Care Economy for a Fair Economy – Investing and Delivering for Women in Budget 2022
Published: Monday, July 26, 2021
Women entered the pandemic with fewer resources – less wealth, lower incomes, greater unpaid care responsibilities and a reliance on low paid and precarious work. A year on, it is clear that the immediate gendered effects of the pandemic have been followed by a deepening of persistent gender inequalities including an increase in women’s care roles, a disproportionate effect on women’s employment and health, an increase in violence against women and increased pressure on community services. NWC calls for investment in the care economy to be a hallmark of Budget 2022. This includes investing the required resources into a public model of early years education and care, adult social care and universal health. It means investing in social protection and in a welfare state that facilitates women and men to play an equal role in caring and paid work. Investment in the care economy will provide the foundation for our social and economic recovery and can help support our transition to a low carbon economy.