The UK has been hailed as a “good place” for Britons to be a minority group, but the Prime Minister is facing growing opposition to a plan to allow more women to join the workforce.
In a statement released by Downing Street, the Prime Minster said: “We are in a better place to become a better country for the people we are.”
The Government plans to make women in full-time employment eligible for up to £3,000 extra per year in housing allowances to help them secure a second home.
In 2020, more than 7 million women in the UK are expected to have lived in a “low-income” household, with almost a quarter living in housing benefit poverty.
Women have a lower household income than men, but their financial status is significantly more precarious.
In 2016, the UK was the only country to allow women to enter the workforce, but it has faced increasing criticism for not doing more to boost women’s access to jobs and education.
A government report into women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) said that “women still face significant barriers to entry into STEM careers”.
“Despite this, women have consistently made up a larger proportion of STEM students than men and are more likely to be granted degrees in STEM,” the report said.
Critics have called for the Government to introduce “equal pay” for women in both STEM and non-STEM fields, a proposal backed by women’s charity, Women in Science.
The Government also plans to boost funding for women and girls in the STEM field by £4.4 billion, which would provide an additional £200 million a year in funding.
However, the Government’s own research has found that the proportion of female students studying in STEM fields in 2020 was just 13.5 per cent, which is significantly lower than the overall proportion of students studying STEM subjects.
“In the short term, these measures could help reduce barriers for young women, but they are likely to have a negative impact on young men and their future careers,” the Government said in a statement.
“The Government is committed to supporting all young people to achieve their full potential and to making sure we have the skills and knowledge we need to take the next steps in the future.”
The statement also criticised other parts of the UK’s approach to women, saying that in London and in many other parts “inclusionary policies are being introduced at the expense of women”.
“This is unacceptable and will only harm women’s confidence and future prospects in STEM careers,” said the statement.
The PM said: “[Women] have to prove themselves.
That’s why I will be introducing equal pay legislation in the coming weeks.
In recent months, other European countries have also taken steps to boost female participation in the workforce and the Government has backed plans to introduce an “equality tax”. “
It will also create a more equal workplace for everyone.”
In recent months, other European countries have also taken steps to boost female participation in the workforce and the Government has backed plans to introduce an “equality tax”.
The Prime Minister also said the Government was working on plans to bring the number of women working in the Government “to a level which is acceptable for the UK”.
“In coming months, we will be launching a new strategy to increase the number and diversity of women in public service roles, with the aim of bringing the number to the level of the majority of the workforce,” she said.
The Prime Minister’s statement comes as the Government faces growing pressure to take action on the gender pay gap, after it was revealed that the number was at its lowest point in almost a decade.
The Office for National Statistics reported that in 2016, there were just 2,800 women in senior civil servants, compared to a peak of 7,200 in 2007.
A Government spokesman said: The Government will continue to make progress on the issue of women’s equality.
It is clear that more needs to be done to tackle the gender gap in the workplace and to ensure women can make an impact on the national economy.
“Our new Equal Pay Act will increase the legal minimum wage to £10.50 per hour by 2020, to £11.00 by 2020 and by 2022 to £12.00.”
In a statement, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said it had seen “an acceleration of women making inroads into the workforce” in recent years.
“This has been particularly evident in areas such as the financial services sector and in areas where there is a high level of female representation, such as in government, the NHS and academia,” the organisation said.
“These are examples where women’s achievements in these fields have not been enough to deter discrimination, and they are examples of why we need further action.”
The statement said: There are a number of policies and actions that are currently in place to support the economic, social and educational opportunities of all women.
This includes the establishment of the Women in Engineering (WIE) project, which aims to recruit and retain women engineers in engineering.
As part of the WIE programme, the government