2018 WBG Briefing: Savings and Investments: Gender Issues

Date Posted: Monday 15th October 2018

October 2018


Briefing from the UK Women’s Budget Group on the gender impact of changes in the tax treatment of savings and investments.

View and download the full briefing here.

Key points
  • The government spends nearly £10 billion a year on tax reliefs for non-pension saving. This is a regressive use of taxpayers’ money that only benefits people who can afford to save.
  • Evidence shows that women, once they have children, are more likely than men to have little or nothing in the way of savings and even less in investments. This is due to both the immediate and persistent effect that caring for children and frail adult family members has on paid work.
  • To foster greater gender equality, the £10 billion currently spent on savings-related tax reliefs would be better used to improve the provision of affordable, good quality childcare, promote flexible working in higher-paid jobs and measures that foster a move away from the current gendered distribution of unpaid work.

Written by Jonquil Lowe (Senior Lecturer in Economics and Personal Finance, the Open University): joquil.lowe@open.ac.uk