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Cuts leave women and the economy out in the cold

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is disappointed at the news that the coalition government intends to cut all funding to the national centre supporting professional women in science, engineering and technology. This short sighted cut will hit industry hard by depriving them of skilled workers in those areas of the economy where the country needs to encourage growth. It will also deal yet another devastating blow to women who have already been hit the hardest by government cuts.


The national centre, the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC), has been central in the effort to maximise opportunities for professional women and close the skills gap that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says is damaging UK competitiveness. 


Meg said:


“I am appalled that the Government is cutting funds for this vital work. Our economy needs skills in science, engineering and technology if it is to grow. With 70% of women with those skills not using them, we urgently need to tackle this issue. This is not only short sighted but once again shows the coalition Government targeting women for its cuts.”

The UKRC has assessed the value and effectiveness of its work using the social return on investment methodology developed by the Cabinet Office. The social value generated by the UKRC is nearly 12 million, which means for every pound invested 5.27 is created.

To achieve sustained economic growth in the UK economy we must increase research and improve productivity in science engineering and technology. We need more women to enter these fields to enlarge the skill base, and encourage those women already qualified to return after taking career breaks. The UKRC does this and is helping the UK economy grow and prosper.


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