Working women being made housewives in Britain?

August 8th, 2011 - 11:08 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 8 (IANS) Women employees in Britain are being driven out of workplace and back into the home as public sector cuts bite, a report here has warned.

According to the statistics by the reputed Institute of Public Policy Research, a British think tank, has observed a sharp rise in redundancies among women employees.

As the figures state that in the three months to June 2010, 30 percent of redundancies were women, but by the same period in 2011 this number risen to 40 percent. Last year, the public sector workforce shrank by 143,000, Daily Express reported.

According to Dalia Ben-Galim, the institute’s associate director, while male employees were the big losers in the recession, women were harder hit by the recovery’s squeeze on public spending as they are twice as likely to have public sector jobs.

Cuts in childcare tax credits also mean that for some women work no longer pays and they are better off staying at home, Ben-Galim states.

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