Next, the gender gap that was narrowing is widening again fast; women lose more in public sector jobs, childcare, tax credits, benefits and homecare for the elderly as if their incomes and independence had been targeted deliberately.
How can that actually be, given that we do not include benefits or tax credits in our calculations of the gender pay gap?
In fact it gets worse than this. I once calculated that at average wages the payment of child benefit to the mother for one child actually closes the gender pay gap entirely.
And I\’m afraid that you\’re really not allowed to switch between definitions of said gender gap like that. It\’s either market incomes or it\’s post tax and post benefit both times, not one once and t\’other another.