Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equality Minister, commenting on Theresa May’s plans to axe a key measure in the Equality Act, said:
“This is a shocking decision which gives the lie to the government’s claim that “we’re all in this together”.
“Just as cuts are about to strike, the government is removing protection for those on the lowest income who are likely to be hit hardest. It makes a mockery of any pretence these cuts will be fair.
“Independent experts such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies have already said the Budget and spending cuts will hit the poorest hardest. But now the government is making it worse by removing any obligation on local councils, police or other public bodies to consider the impact on the disadvantaged before they implement the cuts.
“At a time when the police, local councils, schools and other organisations are making cuts of up to 25%, this is a license to abandon the hardest pressed in society.”