Equality group loses Budget appeal

Equality group loses Budget appeal

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The Fawcett Society lost its bid to challenge the legality of the emergency Budget

The Fawcett Society has been refused permission to challenge the legality of the Government’s emergency Budget.

A QC for the gender equality group told a High Court judge in London that the Budget cuts were having a “grossly disproportionate and devastating” impact on women, who were having to bear the brunt of the cuts triggered in jobs, benefits and services.

The Society was applying for permission to seek a declaration that the Government had acted unlawfully in formulating the Budget last June “without paying due regard to gender equality laws”.

But Mr Justice Ouseley ruled the application “unarguable – or academic” and dismissed it.

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