For many women, this results in a greater reliance on public services and can limit the amount of time they have for paid work and other activities. It also means that when public services are withdrawn, or social security spending is reduced, women are worst affected, with Black and Asian women among the worst affected by changes in tax and benefit systems.
Gender analysis of budgets aims to challenge the assumption that budgets are gender-neutral – that budgets do not have impacts that reinforce gendered outcomes. It examines how budgetary allocations affect the economic and social opportunities of women and men. And contests to redistribute resources to achieve more equal outcomes and advance equality.
CIPFA’s latest thought piece Gender Budgeting for Public Finance argues against making an assumption that budgets are gender neutral. It can be downloaded here.