Costing Our Futures
The cost of living crisis is impacting young women’s futures. Young women feel ignored by politicians and don’t believe the government will prioritise their needs.
We’re calling on the government to
- Extend the national living wage to those under the age of 23
- Guarantee genuinely affordable childcare that enables young women to work the hours they need to, including in the short term:
- Extending the financial support available to parents from the end of parental leave to the start of school
- Changing the Universal Credit rules so parents don’t have to pay costs upfront; and increasing childcare support within UC to cover the real costs of childcare
- Providing adequate funding to childcare providers to stop nurseries closing.
- Increase the support available through the benefits system so that it genuinely meets the cost of living over the long term.
Our open letter was written by Ire Adebayo, a young woman working in social care in Huddersfield who, like thousands of other young women, is struggling to make ends meet.
In our open letter, we have called on the Prime Minister to meet with young women, hear about the real challenges they face and discuss how the government can act to make a difference to their lives.