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Committee publish Government response to Gender Pay report

17 January 2019

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has published the Government response to the Committee’s report on the Gender Pay gap.

The BEIS Committee’s report was published on 2 August and called for a widening of the net of companies required to report and for companies to be required to publish action plans and narrative reports on what they are doing to close the gap. A full list of the report’s recommendations are available here.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the Government response, Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the BEIS Committee, said:

"Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, and yet still we are tackling issues around fairness in pay.  The UK has one of the highest gender pay gaps in Europe. Pay reporting can only be the first step in closing this gap and moving towards genuine equality and diversity in the workplace. The Government’s refusal to extend gender pay gap reporting requirements to partners is disappointing and continues to make a nonsense of efforts to understand the true scale of, and the reasons behind, the gender pay gap in some companies. Failing to accept our report’s recommendation to require businesses to publish an action plan for closing the gap, against which they must report progress each year, suggests the Government are timid in holding businesses to account for their efforts in driving the change needed".

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