What the UK must do to improve the lives of women - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

What the UK must do to improve the lives of women

Coventry Editorial 8th Jul, 2022 Updated: 26th Jul, 2022

Despite the United Kingdom’s status as a global innovator and forward-thinker, many of the nation’s residents live very dreary and unhappy lives.

Single women in particular have it very rough. Parts of the UK are unsafe for women, not to mention that some find it extremely difficult to find jobs that pay the same as men.

If the UK is to live up to its reputation as a developed and advanced nation, it needs to start improving the lives of its female citizens. This article will discuss some of the ways it can do this.

Safety

As mentioned above, parts of the UK are very unsafe for women. Notwithstanding the British Government’s effort to combat violent crime, attacks still happen very often.

If the UK wants to improve the lives of women, it needs to start by making British cities, towns, and villages safer places for them.

It can do this by investing more in policing and monitoring security systems.

Housing Costs

On average, women earn less than men do in the UK.

Housing prices are rising exponentially, and because they earn less, women are considerably less likely to be able to secure a mortgage and even rent a house.

In this image from Compare the Market home loans, the UK ranks 17th as a livable place for single women, mostly because of how expensive housing and general living is.

The best way for the British Government to combat this is to bridge the gender pay gap and invest in more affordable housing for single people of both genders.

Education

Education in the UK is notoriously expensive – the average student loan debt well exceeds £50,000.

The maintenance loan component of student financing (which is the money paid to students so that they can afford to live) is hardly enough for a student to pay their rent and buy food.

If the British Government wants to make education more accessible to single women, they should consider either reducing the amount of money that university and college courses cost or increasing the amount of student finance that’s paid to learners.

 

Cost of Living

The UK’s cost of living is through the roof at the moment.

This is mostly due to food and gas shortages, caused by the Russo-Ukrainian war. The Covid-19 pandemic is also a contributing factor because it has led to widespread unemployment and pay cuts.

Out of all of the UK’s residents, single women have it the hardest, mostly due to the fact that they aren’t paid as much as men are.

Again, the best way that the British Government can address this is by fixing the gender pay gap. The more money women earn, the better equipped they will be to deal with the rising cost of food, fuel, and transportation.

Women in the United Kingdom don’t have it as easy as you might think that they do.

In order for the British Government to improve the lives of women, they need to implement some serious fixes and changes.

Article written by Allen Brown.

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