Budget 2012 announced today: watch live coverage online
Fawcett report ahead of budget decries cuts impact
Women’s Budget Group - A Happy New Year?
Budget 2012 revealed today
George Osborne due to begin Budget speech at 12.30pm. You can follow live coverage on the BBC website
Before Osborne’s 2012 budget announcements, the BBC spoke to businesswomen attending the recent WIE (Women: Inspiration and Enterprise) Symposium in London, to ask them what they would like to see the Chancellor announce: 'Budget 2012: What do women want?'
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The Women’s Budget Group (WBG) warns of ‘six more years of austerity that will further undermine gender equality’ in their response to George Osborne’s Autumn Financial Statement. ‘The Impact on Women of the Autumn Financial Statement’ report points out that the coalition government’s policies have already had a negative impact on women and have led to the loss of jobs, income and services.
The response from WBG calls for a Plan F - a feminist alternative economic strategy that drives social and economic recovery through measures that support gender equality and improvements in women’s day-to-day lives.
You can read ‘the Impact on Women of the Autumn Financial Statement’ report on the WBG website.