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Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact

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The sub-inquiry will focus on how existing economic inequalities have been magnified by the health crisis; how effective the Government’s economic support package has been at reducing gender-based inequalities; and what needs to change in the short and long term as the country emerges from lockdown and from the pandemic. It will draw on evidence to our Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics inquiry. If you’ve already submitted evidence to our main Unequal impact inquiry about these issues, you don’t need to submit it again. 

Terms of reference 

Written submissions should address one or more of the following terms of reference. If you can, you should both describe problems you know about and recommend ways to overcome them: 


  • How has the economic impact of Coronavirus affected men and women differently? 
  • To what extent do the different impacts on men and women reflect existing sex or gender-based inequalities? 
  • How have Government measures affected economic inequalities for men and women? 
  • How effective has the Government’s economic support package, in particular, been for particular groups of men and women? 
  • What has the specific economic impact been on men and women with other protected characteristics or intersecting identities (for example, women or men with disabilities; women and men from BAME communities; pregnant women) 
  • What measures should the Government put in place to ensure gender equality in the longer-term economic recovery from Coronavirus, with specific reference to any upcoming financial announcements? 


We want to hear about your experiences and your views on these issues, and what you want the Government and others to do to make things better, so that we can make recommendations for change. You can submit written evidence until Monday 13 July


Your Submission  

If your submission is accepted by the Committee, it will usually be published online. It will then be available permanently for anyone to view. It can’t be changed or removed. 

If you have included your name or any personal information in your submission, that will be published too. Please consider how much personal information you want or need to share. Your contact details will never be published. 

Decisions about publishing evidence anonymously, or about accepting but not publishing evidence, are made by the Committee. If you want to ask the Committee to keep your evidence anonymous (we’ll publish your evidence but not your name or personal details) or confidential (the Committee will read your evidence, but it won’t be published) then please tick the box on the form. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee. 

We can’t publish submissions that mention ongoing legal cases – contact us if you are not sure what this means for you. 

Please feel welcome to discuss any questions with the Committee staff on; 020 7219 6123. Text relay: 18001 020 7219 6123 

We understand that this inquiry raises difficult and distressing issues for many people. If you need support during the pandemic, you may wish to visit one of the websites below (click on the link) or call one of these helplines:

ACAS, 0300 123 1100

Citizens Advice, 03444 111 444 (England only); 03444 77 20 20 (Wales)

Equality Advisory Support Service, 0808 800 0082

Maternity Action, 0808 802 0029

Gingerbread, for single parents, 0808 802 0925

Working Families, 0300 012 0312