Our Work: Impact of Austerity

Austerity has significantly impacted the women’s voluntary and community sector. Along with other wide-ranging reforms – from the NHS to legal aid – public spending cuts have reinforced the obstacles that women’s organisations and their service users already face.

Cuts to public spending have acted as a catalyst for the long-term destabilisation of the sector, creating the funding crisis that now faces women’s organisations. WRC launched a research project in July 2012 to investigate the scale of funding cuts to women’s organisations and the impact of this and other reforms on the sector.

Our findings are presented as two separate reports – the first is a brief on the impact of public spending cuts on women’s voluntary and community organisations in London. The second, Surviving the Crisis, complements this briefing by conducting further analysis of data collected from women’s organisations across the UK.

Women have undoubtedly been disproportionately affected by austerity measures

– Women and the Cuts 2012

Women and the Cuts 2012 is a briefing that reviews recent research on the impact of public spending cuts on women. As an update to the Women and the Cuts 2011 factsheet, the 2012 briefing takes a closer look at the upcoming policy reforms that could impact on the women’s voluntary and community sector, as well as highlighting the most up to date statistics that demonstrate the ongoing impact of the cuts on women’s lives.

Our aim in creating Women and the Cuts 2012 is to make it easier for staff, volunteers and supporters of women’s voluntary and community organisations to find statistical evidence that they can use to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact of the cuts on women.