Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones marked this year’s International Women’s Day by signing up to a new campaign to highlight the impact that the UK Government’s spending cuts are having on women and their families across the Vale of Clwyd.

The campaign is being launched by Welsh Labour AMs in light of growing evidence about the impact that the UK Government’s welfare cuts, spending cuts and public sector job losses are having.

A Bevan Foundation report published last week found that unemployment among young women in Wales has increased by 20% during the recession and that women in the private sector earn, on average, just 79% of the salaries of their male counterparts.

Ann Jones said:

“At the same time that we are celebrating the achievements of women and how far we have come in our battle for equality, the reality of the coalition’s cuts, which go too far and too fast, must not be forgotten.

“Evidence like the recent report from the Bevan Foundation, the letters in my post bag and personal stories from constituents at my advice surgeries, shows that much of this progress is being put at risk as women are once again feeling the brunt under this UK Government.

“We will be rolling out this campaign over the weeks and months ahead. As part of the campaign, I want to ensure that women and their families are aware of all the sources of advice and support which are available to them. I am also again calling on the Tory-led UK Government to think again about the impact their policies are having on women and families in the Vale of Clwyd.”