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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, responding to the impact of the comprehensive spending review on women and families said:

“Once again the government is hitting women much harder than men, and families with children hardest of all.

“Women are harder hit by the cuts in pension credit, working tax credit, child care support and the cuts in public sector jobs.

“In total the government is cutting over £6 billion a year from direct support for children – including cuts in child tax credit, child benefit and the child trust fund. Cutting more from children than the banks is deeply unfair on the next generation and shows that Ministers have a twisted set of priorities.

“Cutting jobs for women and help for women to work is crazy – it is bad for the economy, increases child poverty and will end up costing us more.  It also makes it much harder for parents to balance work and family life and shows the government really doesn’t get the pressures working families face. “

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