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Peter Lamb: Crawley has “the second largest pay gap in the UK”

In his article this week, the leader of Crawley Borough Council talks about gender inequality.

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In 1910, an international conference of socialist women decided that an annual day for women should be held, highlighting gender-based inequalities. The following year saw the first International Women’s Day and since 1914 it has taken place globally every 8th March.

While progress has been made over the years, not least around female suffrage, inequalities persist. #MeToo highlighted the scale of hidden sexual violence and the ongoing failure of our systems to provide justice to those affected by discrimination.

Yet, inequalities also remain in the open. Organisations employing more than 250 people are now required to publish gender pay gap figures, which across the UK is currently estimated to be around 18.4%. Unfortunately the picture in Crawley is somewhat worse.

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While Crawley Borough Council has a median gender pay gap of 0%, meaning that across the council as a whole the average wages of men and women are the same, figures suggest the town itself has the second largest pay gap in the UK, with the average wages in Crawley for male employees being half again what their female colleagues earn. That impact on take home pay is before we consider the fact that cuts to public services and social security have impacted women harder than men over the last eight years.

Only a Labour Government is committing to closing the gap, requiring companies employing over 250 workers to show what action they are taking to deliver pay equality or else face fines. There will be those who claim this is illiberal or anti-business, yet Governments are required to act when systems fail to fix themselves and the same objections have been made every time an individual has sought to be judged on their merits and not the circumstances of their birth. Ultimately, enough ink has been spilt discussing the problem, a Labour Government will act.

Cllr Peter Lamb

Leader, Crawley Borough Council

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Labour announce Peter Lamb as their parliamentary candidate for Crawley

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Peter Lamb has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Crawley constituency for the next general election.

Peter who was born in Crawley, went to school at Holy Trinity and has led the council since Labour took control in 2014.

In the press release from the local labour party he is described as ‘a strong local campaigner, who has led campaigns to protect residents from cuts to local government services and is pressing the government for the funding Crawley’s NHS needs to move out of Special Measures.’

Speaking after the selection, Peter said:

“Being selected to represent Labour in the town in which I was born is an honour, and I will work to repay the faith of local members by campaigning hard for a better future for everyone in our town, not just the privileged few.

“Leading Crawley Borough Council, I see every day the pain this Tory government is causing local people and their failure to address the big questions facing our country. I’m proud to have led a council in Crawley which has proven that there the Conservatives’ austerity is a choice and that where there is a will to provide the services our community deserves, there is a way.

“As Labour’s candidate, I will continue to work tirelessly to stand up for the people of Crawley, a people who have been let down by this government.”

Read more from Peter in his weekly articles with Crawley News 24 here.

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