The Liberal Democrats are marking International Women’s Day by introducing a Bill with cross party support which renews calls on the Government to end the so-called ‘Pink Tax’.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equalities Christine Jardine, who is introducing the Bill, said it is “unacceptable that in 2020 women and girls continue to pay more than men for basic and essential products".
According to a report published in 2012 by Development Economics on behalf of Aviva insurance, women on average pay £200 more annually than men for the same every-day consumer goods and services.
Christine Jardine has stressed that is “£200 women would not have had to pay in the last year had the Conservatives adopted my Bill” and called for the Government to support her bill.
Ahead of her Bill’s reading, Ms Jardine said:
“It is unacceptable that in 2020 women and girls continue to pay more than men for basic and essential products, including toiletries, clothes, and haircuts.
“Women on average pay £200 more a year than men for the same every-day goods. That is £200 women would not have had to pay in the last year had the Conservatives adopted my Bill.
“This injustice is only made worse by the gender pay gap, which sees 8 out of 10 companies still paying more to their male employees. Women are being hit by a double whammy: they’re earning less and paying more, and they deserve better.
“After their failure to do so last year, I once again call upon the Government to mark International Women’s Day by ending the discriminatory Pink Tax and supporting my Bill this week.”