Arlene Phillips on the Gala for Grenfell and the BBC gender pay gap

Arlene Phillips on the Gala for Grenfell and the BBC gender pay gap

The former choreographer for BBC Strictly Come Dancing popped by for a chat

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Arlene Phillips swung by the studio for a chat with Paul Ross and Carole Malone.

The choreographer, known for her work on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, is organising a gala to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. 

She told Paul Ross and guest host Carole Malone: "Like everyone, I was shaken to the core by the sight of [Grenfell].

"The first thing which came to my mind is how are these people going to go on living for the rest of their lives when something like this happens.

"I thought, I’ll galvanise the dance community to raise funds because they’ll need it, not just to rebuild their lives, but their souls."

She also shared her view on the BBC pay gaps, revealed by a published report last week.

"We're given these pay brackets. What we don't know is what everyone's workload was for those pay brackets. 

"How many days, how many weeks, it's just this figure. 

"I want to know this before I make any comment. If the women are on less, I'll kick off."

She said that dance is typically low paid "but that's male and female."

The Gala for Grenfell is due to be held on Sunday July 30 at the Adelphi Theatre in London. 

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