Women have it tough, says MP

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion
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Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has pledged to stick up for women’s rights after figures revealed women’s wages are worth nearly £25 a week less since 2010.

Ms Champion said working mums and their families have never had it so tough in Rotherham, with the real value of earnings dropping by £24.75 from 2010 to 2013.

She said: “Many women are struggling in low wage, temporary and insecure work with one in four earning less than the living wage.

“Women are at the sharp end of this cost of living crisis, they know what it means to have to make sacrifices or to have to choose between their career and family because the cost of childcare is just too high.

“New research from the Family and Childcare Trust has shown that part-time childcare costs for a family of two children have overtaken the average UK mortgage bill by 4.7 per cent.

“For women across the UK this is no recovery at all.

“This month marked International Women’s Day and I’m proud that Labour stands up for the issues that affect women in Rotherham.”

Ms Champion has pledged to work towards strengthening the minimum wage and tackle abuse of zero-hour contracts.