As part of The Women and Equalities Committee's ongoing inquiry 'Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics', they have launched three sub-inquiries.
PACEY has responded to one of these sub-inquiries, 'Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact', which looks in more detail at how the economic impact of coronavirus has impacted men and women differently; for example, because of existing economic inequalities between men and women or the over-representation of women in certain types of work - but also because of the actions the Government has taken.
"We welcome the opportunity to input into your enquiry. For too long the overwhelmingly female childcare workforce have been working at less than or close to the minimum wage while struggling to balance their work with other family and carer responsibilities. They have been the unsung heroines of the Covid-19 pandemic but, on top of many years of neglect, too many have been excluded from the financial help packages and too many, with vast reductions in demand, face losing their businesses and leaving the sector altogether."
You can read the full submission here.