PARITYs intention in posting this data on our website is to create an opportunity for public debate on this particular funding issue.
The 26 charts featured in this Paper, covering a range of local authorities, show a disparity in discretionary funding between expenditure on males and females which is generally large and consistently in favour of females. This is a different perspective from that usually presented in the media, where females tend to be seen as disadvantaged.
Issues debated might include whether these funding allocations should be numerically equal between males and females. If not, then what are the grounds, legal or otherwise, for favouring females. A broad comment to the effect that female needs are greater may not be sufficient.
There may be a view that males are poorly funded because men generally do not apply for discretionary funding. In this case, there may be an obligation on local authorities to invite males to apply. It may be relevant also to examine the gender composition of committees awarding funding.
Needless to say, comments from local authorities and any other interested parties would be of interest and potentially valuable to PARITY. Please contact us at:
CHARTS FOR WHICH WE HAVE AN FOI NUMBER
AS AT 15-03-2013