The gender pay gap has been tackled head on in Wales by the Welsh Assembly and during Women and Equality’s Questions I wanted the UK Government to give assurances that they will match funding used in Wales, which we currently get through being a member of the EU, once we leave.
In 2016, £8.5m of investment came from the European Social Fund to the Welsh Assembly to support over 2,900 female employees to develop their careers and undertake leadership training. Almost 2,300 of these participants gained a qualification. Action like this has ensured that the gender pay gap in Wales is lower than in England and Scotland.
I was disappointed that the Minister was unable to tell me if we would still receive this important funding after we leave, putting into doubt our ability to continue to tackle the gender pay gap.