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Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, speaking as today’s Opposition Day Debate on the impact of the Government’s policies on women gets underway, said:

“The Tory-led Government’s policies are hitting women and families hardest. There is a real risk the clock is being turned back on women’s equality.   

“Things like direct tax and benefit changes, cuts to childcare support and Sure Start, and reductions in domestic and sexual violence specialist support, are having a very real and negative impact on women.” 

Labour is opposing the unfair state pension change which means 300,000 women born between December 1953 and October 1954 will have to wait an additional 18 months or longer to receive their pension. 

Rachel Reeves: “The Government needs to think again on its plans to accelerate the increase in the State Pension Age. These plans are profoundly and arbitrarily unfair on a group of women who have just a few years to plan for the changes.”

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