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Joan Ryan MP calls on the Government to set out its plan to tackle the gender pay gap

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Joan Ryan MP questioned the Government's plan to tackle the gender pay gap for women in their 30s and 40s, during Women and Equalities Questions in Parliament.

During Women and Equalities Questions I called on the Government to set out their plan to tackle the gender pay gap for women in their 30s and 40s.

Whilst recent analysis by the Resolution Foundation found that the gender pay gap for women in their 20s has halved in a generation to just 5 per cent, it showed that the gender pay gap continues to escalate as women enter their 30s and 40s. This suggests that young women will still earn significantly less than their male counterparts over their careers.

The Resolution Foundation also found that there is an “enduring pay penalty associated with having children. Unless tackled this will mean that current and future generations of working women will continue to face a significant life earnings penalty.”

I am concerned that the £1,200 employment tribunal fees, introduced by the Conservative-led Government in 2013, have created a significant barrier for women who want to hold their employers to account for gender pay disparities in the workplace. This applies for all women, not just low paid women, and is completely unacceptable.

You can watch my question below:

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