No young woman left behind.
Over a million young women are already struggling to live on low or no pay.
We are very concerned about the financial and emotional impact the coronavirus outbreak will have on them. We've come up with six clear ways the government can support young women and their families.
1. Increase protections for those most at risk of financial hardship by ensuring benefits are paid at the rate of at least the National Living Wage.
2. Ensure Universal Credit is accessible to all by removing the five week wait, suspending sanctions and investing in administrative processes so that people get support quickly when in need.
3: Ensure support is available to the most vulnerable families by:
- Making furlough the default position for groups including parents unable to secure childcare and those on zero hours contracts unless employers can demonstrate why they are unable to furlough staff. This should include a requirement for employers to report on the number of staff they have furloughed alongside reasons for any decision not to furlough staff members.
- Ensuring food vouchers for those who would otherwise receive Free School Meals are at a level sufficient for them to buy the food they need.
- Guaranteeing access to healthcare for refugee and migrant women - ending the policy of “no recourse to public funds” and suspending charges for maternity services.
4. Guarantee protections for young women who have to work including protective clothing and equipment designed for women.
5. Set up an emergency support fund so that frontline services can guarantee support for those experiencing domestic abuse.
6. Publish an equalities impact assessment of the coronavirus legislation.