On Tuesday 2nd December, East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson attended the UK Government’s Cabinet meeting to provide an update on the Government’s policies on women.
Although she does not have full Cabinet Minister rank, Jo attends meetings when issues to do with her role as Women and Equalities Minister are on the agenda. Jo talked about the significant reforms that she has worked on in Government including: introducing shared parental leave, expanding childcare, promoting equality at work and helping to lower the gender pay gap.
“I was delighted to update the Cabinet on this Government’s achievements in getting more women in work than ever before, the gender pay gap at its lowest level and the highest number of women-led businesses.
“In the week that new shared parental leave reforms come into effect, with 285,000 couples (including 20,000 in Scotland) eligible, I was also able to explain to the Cabinet how this policy will go a long way to advancing equality at home and in the workplace.”