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Women in their 30s are £4,000 a year worse off since Tories took power

LABOUR attacked the Tories today over their “13 years of failure” after new figures showed that women in their thirties are on average £4,159 a year worse off than when the Conservatives came to power.

In April 2010, the median full-time salary of women in that age range was the equivalent of £37,899 in current terms, but it is just £33,740 today.

The House of Commons Library analysis also lays bare the stark regional differences in how women’s living standards have fared since the Conservatives took office.

Women across all regions of England are worse off in real terms compared with 2010.

In London, all age groups are more than £4,300 a year worse off, while the difference for women in the south-east and Yorkshire and the Humber is over £2,000.  

Shadow women and equalities secretary Anneliese Dodd said: “The Conservatives crashed the economy and lumped working women with the bill.

“Many women in their thirties are trying to get on the property ladder, get on at work and raise young children. 

“But for too many, the reality is a struggle to make ends meet, often worrying about the next bill, unable to work because of extortionate childcare or jobs that are too inflexible.

“The Conservatives have no plan for economic growth and no clue how to support women at work.”

Office for National Statistics figures also show that the gender pay gap is widening rapidly for women in their thirties, more than doubling from 2.3 per cent in 2022 to 4.7 per cent this year. 

The gender pay gap grew for women of all age groups, except 18 to 21-year-olds, and remains wide at 7.7 per cent overall.


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