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Unpaid women 'contribute greatly to economy', studies find

The work done by Britain's women without pay has been investigated by two separate studies, the Press Association reports.Firstly, the Yorkshire building society has found that, if all household work and other chores received a salary, the average Briton would earn an extra £8,000 a year.Moreover, the firm found that the bulk of this work - including cooking, cleaning and ironing - was being done by women.Tanya Jackson, corporate affairs manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said: "It is easy to underestimate the value of work carried out around the home, which can easily be taken for granted as an unpaid occupation."Meanwhile, Mother & Baby magazine has been conducting a survey into volunteer work done in the community by mothers, such as helping out in school and looking after the elderly.The study found that, collectively, this work saves the government around £1 billion a year.Miranda Levy, editor of Mother & Baby magazine, said: "Communities would be on their knees if it wasn't for the dedicated work and effort mums across the UK put in for free."

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