Fairness Test: Why Not?

The Fairness Test is an important part of the Women for Change program. As income inequality continues to rise, we want to challenge governments - at every level- to examine the decisions they make during budget time to see what kind of harm they may be inflicting.  A Fairness Test would assess the impact of key tax and spending policies in government budget to determine whether they will increase or decrease income inequality. This test would embed the principle of fairness into public policy choices and ensure the poorest citizens and women are not hit the hardest by these choices. Such a test could be developed and applied by the Department of Finance and published in the budget as part of the fiscal planning framework.


Women 4 Change

Date published: 

May, 2012

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