Gender inequality

MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


ONS data shows that the number of women in London claiming Jobseekers Allowance is 43% higher than it was immediately prior to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, while the claimant count for men is 2% lower. London's labour market demonstrably fails women. Do you intend to take steps to rectify this problem? If not, why not?


Answer for Gender inequality

Answer for Gender inequality

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To date, I have supported a number of employment schemes that have included raising female participation rates. For instance, half of the GLA's Apprenticeships were undertaken by women last year. I have also set a target to create 20,000 part time jobs in my second term, which I am on track to meet.

The 2007-13 ESF Programme for London, which is focused on employment interventions has a minimum target participation rate of 50% women. In addition, support for parents in low income families and in particular lone parents into employment are a key priority of the 2014-2020 ESF programme. Planning is currently underway to explore how the funds can best support this group.