No mention of Gender Pay Gap in Queen’s Speech

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley this week accused the UK government of forgetting about the gender pay gap this week.

In a question to the Women and Equalities Minister, Angela highlighted the lack of legislation in the Queen’s Speech to tackle the difference in pay between men and women.

The oversight by Boris Johnson is despite plans announced by the previous government, led by Theresa May, to reduce the gender disparity in pay.

The gender pay gap is the average difference between hourly wages for men and women and in the UK stands at 9.7 per cent.

Commenting, Angela said: “Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today. 

“The current gender pay gap means women effectively stop earning relative to men on a day in November – that is unacceptable.

“Boris Johnson should have used his Queen’s Speech to show that he is serious about tackling inequality.

“Instead, there was no mention of the gender pay gap.

“If the Tories are not going to legislate to end this historic injustice then they should devolve employment law to Scotland.

“That way we can get on with the job of creating a more equal country for all.” A