No Country for Young Women: Claire's Story

Monday 26 September 2016

Claire HughesIt was sadly not surprising to me that the Young Women's Trust new report found that almost one in four of all young people had to move back home with their parents/guardian/carer after a period away because they couldn’t afford to live away from them. 

I moved out from home at the age of 17 wanting to start a fresh life for myself. However, I also wanted to progress my career and so embarked on an apprenticeship. I earned £450 a month however, as I was under 25, was not entitled to any benefits from the government. 

I struggled on but found it impossible to cope. I ended up getting into debt and my mental health worsened. I was trying to balance getting my foot on the career ladder and living away from home but in the end I had to move back in. It's only now, 2 years later, and now earning over £20,000, that I've been able to pay off my debts and move out again.