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If the government is serious about the economy, it needs to look at women’s work

Philip Hammond's budget focussed on productivity. But we can’t have a properly productive economy until the gendered nature of work is taken seriously

By Erin Mansell  

Understanding gender is crucial to developing a robust economy. Photo: PA

Boosting productivity, Philip Hammond said in his Budget speech, is “the key to delivering our vision of a stronger, fairer, more balanced economy.” Yet once again, like previous chancellors of all political colours, he overlooked a key group with huge potential to boost productivity—women.

The Chancellor demonstrated that he thinks to “choose the future” is to choose men; extending the productivity investment fund to £31 billion to invest in physical infrastructure and technology, and focussing on house-building to…

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