I wrote last year that Conservative ideology has led to “depopulated” social policies, which have dehumanised people, and indicate that the Tory policy-makers see the public as objects of their policies, and not as human subjects. We therefore need to ask whose needs Conservative policies are fulfilling.
In 2010 the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned the government about its potential failure to meet its legal duties. This followed concerns raised by the Fawcett Society amongst others, regarding the estimated grossly disproportionate impact of the austerity cuts on women.
The Commission recognised the serious concerns about the impact of the deficit reduction measures on vulnerable groups and, in particular, following the House of Commons library report, the impact of the budget on women. The Commission stated:
“We have written to the Treasury to ask for reassurance that they will comply with their equality duties when making decisions about the…
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