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There are 1 million young women in England and Wales struggling to live on low or no pay. Join us as we campaign for a fairer working future for young women.

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

  1. Extend the National Living Wage to those under the age of 23.
  2. Increase benefits now so that they cover the rising cost of living instead of waiting until April 2023.
  3. Guarantee affordable childcare that enables young women to work the hours they need to.

Sign our open letter to government and lend your voice to our Costing Our Futures campaign. 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 are calling 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.

Sign the Costing Our Futures open letter

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What does the Autumn Statement mean for young women?

The government’s Autumn Statement was supposed to bring certainty after weeks of chaos. Here, our Policy and Campaigns Manager, Mark Gale, sets out how the Autumn Statement will impact young women.

Read the Autumn Statement summary

What young women think

In our recent polling of 1,015 young women aged 18-30 living in England and Wales, we found that:

  • Over three fifths (62%) of young women say that their future prospects have got worse over the last six months. This compares to only a fifth of young women who felt this way when we carried out our annual survey in spring of this year.
  • Only 15% of young women feel very confident that the Prime Minister and his government will listen and respond to the challenges that they face.
  • Half of young women told us that they have little or no trust in the government to provide the necessary support during the cost-of-living crisis.

However, young women want to have a say in political decisions:

  • 82% of young women are likely to vote if there is a general election in the next 12 months and 77% feel that that there should be a general election held right now.

I claim Universal Credit but once all my outgoings are paid – which are increasing – I have little money left for anything else. Not even food.

Keira, Nottingham


How you helped us make a difference in 2021/22

In 2021/22, we supported more young women through our Work It Out service than ever before. Almost 3000 young women had free sessions with professional coaches to help them gain skills and confidence, find work and progress in their careers. And almost 2000 young women received personalised feedback on their CVs and job applications from our team of 200 volunteers.

  • In 2021, our Emergency Fund gave out over £334,750 to 1740 young women who needed support during the pandemic.
  • 99% of young women told us they found CV and job application feedback useful
  • 83% of young women said they felt less stressed and anxious after using the Work It Out service
  • 95% of young women said they would recommend the service to a friend
  • 54% of those who had coaching and 56% of those who had CV feedback said they had a new job or internship, were in training, volunteering, or self-employed within 6 months of using the service
  • Our online YWTeas allow young women to come together online to learn about topics ranging from finance employability and wellbeing. We ran 12 events attended by over 350 young women across the year.

Find out more about our impact in 2021/2022.

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