Manifesto responses 2019

Young Women's Trust response to the party manifestos:

Conservative Party  

Responding to the publication of the Conservatives’ manifesto, Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Sophie Walker, said:  

“Mr Johnson's pledge to spend twice as much on fixing potholes than on fixing the current childcare crisis is disappointing. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that proper investment in childcare benefits us all.   

"A fully functioning infrastructure of care creates jobs, gives young women increased access to paid work, boosts productivity and economic growth, creates higher tax revenues and cuts welfare payments - all of which also provides more money to fix potholes.  

"Young women in the UK need more than short-term thinking and headline-grabbing election pledges. They need transformational change to knock down the barriers to their equality across all of our social, economic and political systems. 

"Women are half of the population of the UK and are increasingly impatient to see an end to the economic injustice they have for too long faced. I can't imagine huge numbers of them will welcome a doorstep chat with a Conservative Party representative who tells them that potholes matter more." 

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Labour party  

Responding to the Labour’s Party manifesto and its impact on young women, Young Women's Trust Chief Executive Sophie Walker, said: 

“Labour’s pledge of flexible working for all is key to enabling more young women, particularly those with caring responsibilities, to access paid work. Its promise to tackle zero-hour contracts is welcome too, given that young women are more likely than young men to be offered such low paid, insecure work. 

“Young women’s economic justice relies on far more than this however, and for that reason it’s disappointing to see Labour’s limited commitments on care. An increase of paternity leave from two to four weeks does not even come close to re-balancing the fundamental inequality underpinning the current model.  There’s a clear disconnect between the level of ambition in the party’s nationalisation and physical infrastructure plans and the attention it has paid to social infrastructure. This is also reflected in its timescale for closing the pay gap, which could happen sooner than 2030 if these structural inequalities were more fully recognised. 

“Young women will be encouraged that more than half the Labour MPs standing in the election are women. But headline numbers will not stand up to scrutiny unless policies are framed through the lens of women to ensure representation is not in name only. 

“All told, Mr Corbyn’s pledges, while positive, fall short of the transformational changes required to truly unlock the potential of young women, especially those furthest away from economic and political power."  

Liberal Democrats

Responding to the Liberal Democrats manifesto’s pledge to provide better childcare, parental leave, employment support and pay transparency, Young Women's Trust Chief executive Sophie Walker said:  

“There is much in the Lib Dems manifesto to applaud. Jo Swinson is right. Free childcare would boost the economy by enabling more parents to return to the workforce earlier. And she is right that free childcare will unlock the untapped potential of young women. 

“But the Liberal Democrats’ individual pledges still fall short of providing a compelling vision of how to create a social and physical infrastructure and bring about the transformational changes which are needed to truly unlock the potential of young women, especially those furthest away from economic and political power."