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Economic Downturn

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

8. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what support the Government are giving to women affected by the economic downturn. (261701)

We are providing new training for women and men who have been out of work for six months. We are investing £15 million in skills development and support for women. We are funding 35,000 more apprentices. We are providing help with mortgages and extending the right to request flexible working from this April. The booklet Real Help Now for Women, published this week, signposts women towards a full range of support that they and their families may need in the economic downturn.