When we empower women to participate on equal terms in our economy, everyone benefits.
We are clear: inequality for women holds back the economy. It holds back the country.
It's time to do things differently. We want your ideas on building a bolder, fairer economy.
It is time we move beyond the austerity agenda, which has hit women the hardest. Eighty-five per cent of the money our current Government has saved has come from women’s pockets.
We want to hear from you about how to build a new caring economy.
We are constructing economic plans that incorporate the interests of the whole population, not just half, for the benefit of all. These include:
- ending the gender pay gap by forcing companies to publish pay data broken down by gender, ethnicity, age and employment status right now, rather than waiting until 2018. This will pump billions into the economy.
- investing in the caring industry as well as construction and infrastructure, reaping greater economic benefits for all.
- negotiate new trade deals that prioritise the needs of ordinary women and men, rather than protect the interests of big corporates.
We are going to change the discourse around immigration, putting justice and equality at the heart of our plans.
During the EU referendum, the debate on immigration was forced upon us in order to divide us.
Different governments, led by the parties of the right and the left, blamed the impact of their own decisions on others.
They said nothing of their own choices to cut public services.
And racism seldom travels alone. It travels with its counterparts, sexism, misogyny and homophobia.
We will introduce a humane immigration policy that recognises the particular violence done to women fleeing conflict and war.
One that sees the benefits as well as the challenges of immigration, particularly for those public services upon which women rely.
It is time we had a balanced conversation about immigration. We are ready to lead that debate. And we want to hear your views, and be part of your conversations.
We are creating a radical new approach to childcare, giving all parents freedom to enjoy family as well as working life.
Currently, the system works for employers, not for parents.
It's time to do things differently. We want your ideas on revolutionising childcare, and creating a radical new approach to how we manage family life in a way that is best for all.
Our plans include:
- investing in free, government-funded childcare from the end of parental leave at 9 months for all children.
- introducing a fully equal system of parental leave so that both parents (including same-sex couples and adoptive parents) get six weeks away from work on 90% of pay, with an additional 10 months of leave at statutory pay to be shared between them.
- allowing single parents to nominate a second caregiver of their choice for this entitlement.
WE are going to value care and revolutionise family life, so that our society and economy will prosper.
We need to take bold steps to ensure that we begin to truly value care.
And that includes caring for the old as well as the young. We will invest in care for older people, including vocational training for carers, and want to hear your thoughts on taking these plans forward.
Investing in caring is a step change, an untried approach. We believe it is the best way to create a better future for all.