Headlines: February 4th, 1999

Margaret Jay and Tessa Jowell are preparing to tour the country to find out what women think about the issues that affect their daily lives. They want to get women’s views on employment, childcare, pensions, health, crime and education. The Listening to Women roadshows are part of a consultation exercise steered by the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office.

Next month the Unit will launch a postcard campaign to canvas views. Prepaid “talkback” postcards will be available through GP’s surgeries, libraries, Citizen Advice Bureaux and retail outlets.

The Unit was set up to tackle cross boundary issues such as poverty in old age and the gender pay gap. The findings from its work will be fed into all Government Departments with the aim of making policies relevant to the lives that people live today.