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New flat-rate pension will have mixed effect on women

The UK Government has announced that a new, simpler, flat-rate pension will be introduced from April 2017. Women are being held up as one of the main beneficiaries by the government but it is far from clear whether this is actually the case.

Close the Gap newsround (25)

This edition captures articles on equal pay claims, occupational segregation and issues related to the gender pay gap and its causes.

Close the Gap international newsround (4)

This post captures news relating to the causes of the gender pay gap and equal pay in different countries. This includes issues such as occupational segregation and gender inequality in the labour market.

Close the Gap newsround (24)

This edition captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes.

Close the Gap newsround (23)

This edition captures articles related to the gender pay gap and its causes. There is also information about Close the Gap's next event.

Close the Gap newsround (22)

This week's newsround includes articles on occupational segregation, women and work and gender stereotyping.

The real root of women's inequality in retirement

Research has revealed that Scotland has the second-worst gender pensions gap in the UK. A report by Prudential has found that women in Scotland can expect to receive more than one-third less than men when they retire, with an average annual income of £10,029 compared with £17,539 for their male counterparts.

FREE Public Sector Equality Duty Seminar for Trade Unions

The public sector equality duty came into force in April 2011 and replaced the gender equality duty.  The new specific duties have just come into force in Scotland. Unions reps will need to know how to use the new duties for the benefit of their members and to ensure equality in the workplace.  

Close the Gap newsround (21)

This week's newsround includes articles on occupational segregation, women and work and gender stereotyping.

Close the Gap concerned about dilution of equalities law

Close the Gap is concerned about the UK Government’s announcement of measures that may dilute existing equalities legislation. ‘Red Tape Challenge’ was a UK Government web-based consultation on current legislation, carried out with the specific aim of reducing so-called bureaucracy, and which attracted comments from the general public as well as from employers, and equalities organisations.  Following this exercise, the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Theresa May, announced yesterday that the government will review the ‘effectiveness’ of the public sector equality duty, and is minded to remove some existing legal protections for employers, and to reduce the role of employment tribunals.

Close the Gap newsround (20)

This week's newsround includes articles on equal pay, the underrepresentation of women in IT and flexible working.

Close the Gap newsround (19)

This week's newsround includes articles on the pay gap in media professions and a summit on women's employment Scotland.

Close the Gap - international news (3)

This post captures news from around the world on the causes of the gender pay gap and equal pay. This includes issues such as occupational segregation, gender equality in the labour market, flexible working and much more.

Close the Gap - monthly international news (1)

Every month Close the Gap will capture news from around the world on the causes of the gender pay gap and equal pay. This includes issues such as occupaitonal segregation, gender equality in the labour market, flexibly working and much more. This edition covers January and February 2012

February 24: Work Your Proper Hours Day

Feb 24 is Work Your Proper Hours Day. This date is when the average worker in the UK who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year and starts working for themselves. 

Close the Gap newsround (12)

This week's newsround includes articles on occupational segregation and gender stereotyping.

Close the Gap newsround (11)

This week's newsround includes articles on occupational segregation, gender stereotyping and equal pay.

The Childcare Problem

An increasing number of women are being forced to give up their jobs or reduce their hours because of the high cost of childcare, with long term effects on women’s career prospects. The average cost of full-time childcare is currently £385 a month but this rises to £729 for children under the age of two. Child tax credits are being cut while the cost of childcare increases, and those trying to buy childcare find provision patchy in both availability and quality.

Close the Gap newsround (10)

This weeks newsround includes articles from The Scotsman, the Guardian and others. Topics include occupational segregation, gender stereotyping and equal pay.

GUEST POST: Women in Scotland's Economy Research Centre: A WiSER approach

I am very pleased to introduce the Women in Scotland’s Economy (WiSE) Research Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. This newly created centre aims to promote and make visible women’s contribution to Scotland’s economy through high quality research and other knowledge transfer activities. Closing the gap between men and women will improve Scotland’s economic position. However, traditional economic approaches often fail to fully recognise women’s economic contribution and their productive potential.

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