Budget decisions hit women with children harder than men

It’s not just the pay gap; tax policy is also driving a financial wedge between the sexes

The ESRI found that within couples with children, women fared relatively worse than men, due to changes in child benefit and other welfare payments

The ESRI found that within couples with children, women fared relatively worse than men, due to changes in child benefit and other welfare payments

Decisions made over the last 10 budgets have resulted in lower disposable incomes for women with children than their male equivalents, a new study by the ESRI will reveal.

In a new study, funded by the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has sought to assess the impact on gender of tax-benefit policy in Ireland over the last 10 years.

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