Women are set to bear much of the impact of the U.K. government’s austerity measures, a report says. A study published by the House of Commons indicates that women stand to bear the burden of 72 percent of the government’s budget cuts, The Washington Post reports.
“The government is under a duty to look at its policies and check whether they are likely to widen inequality,” said Anna Bird, head of policy for the Fawcett Society, women’s rights group in the U.K. “We do not think they undertook that task when putting forth the hardest, most austere budget in generations. Women are going to be adversely affected as a result. That should not happen.”