There has been a drop in the number of women aged 25 to 29 getting a smear test in Northern Ireland. Last year the numbers of younger women who had a smear test fell to 67.9% from 71.5% five years ago. This had led to obvious concerns as missing appointments can delay a cancer diagnosis.
Asda store workers have been in a long-running equal pay dispute with their employer. Tens of thousands of mostly female Asda store workers have already won two rulings in the employment tribunal and the employment appeal tribunal on their equal pay claims.
A group of working lone mothers took a test case to the High Court against the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment in Universal Credit. The group of mothers took the case with the help of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and on 11 January 2019 the High Court ruled the DWP had wrongly been interpreting the Universal Credit regulations.
1 in 3 women in Northern Ireland aged 25-29 don’t attend for a smear test when invited. If you haven’t had a smear test in the last three years don’t put it off, it really could save your life. Early detection via smear tests and treatment can prevent 75% of cervical cancers from developing.