AFS 2016 - Womens Budget Group

Dec 1, 2016 - The Women's Budget Group strongly opposes any change which would remove current .... concerns-and-alternatives) and House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (2016) 'Entitlement to free ...... insurance arrangements, rather than delivering financial security through the social security system,.
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AFS 2016: Women’s Budget Group Response Executive summary ..................................................................................................................................... 2 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................. 7 Part 1: Overview of the Aggregates ............................................................................................................ 8 Macroeconomic forecast and fiscal outlook ........................................................................................... 8 Local Authority Funding .......................................................................................................................... 9 The Treasury’s equality impact assessments ........................................................................................ 10 How does Treasury policy affect income inequality?............................................................................ 11 Employment outlook ............................................................................................................................. 18 Part 2: Taxation ......................................................................................................................................... 21 Income Tax ............................................................................................................................................ 21 Taxation of earnings .............................................................................................................................. 22 Indirect taxes ......................................................................................................................................... 23 Corporation Tax ..................................................................................................................................... 24 Tax avoidance by large companies ........................................................................................................ 26 Part 3: Social Security ................................................................................................................................ 27 Universal Credit ..................................................................................................................................... 27 Other benefits and tax credits ............................................................................................................... 28 Pensions................................................................................................................................................. 29 Savings ................................................................................................................................................... 30 Part 4: Policy Areas .................................................................................................................................... 32 Infrastructure and regional investment ................................................................................................ 32 Social care .............................................................................................................................................. 34 Health .................................................................................................................................................... 38 Child care ............................................................................................................................................... 42 Schools................................................................................................................................................... 44 Housing .................................................................................................................................................. 45 Violence against Women and Girls ...........................................................................................