YWT's response to JRF's UK Poverty 19/20 report

Friday 7 February 2020

Responding to Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s UK Poverty 2019/20 report, Sophie Walker, Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust said:

YWT LOGO"Today's important report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows exactly why tackling poverty must be the Government's overriding priority if it is serious about unleashing everyone's talents, driving economic growth and uniting the country. But it’s vital this research centres around the experiences of women - who are disproportionately affected by the factors driving poverty - if we are all to see a large and vital piece of the jigsaw.

“At Young Women’s Trust we know from our own research and experience that it's women and children who are first in line when it comes to being affected by the ravages of poverty and the devastating effects of policies which have often harmed the most vulnerable.

“We also know from our own research that nearly 40 percent of young women struggle to make ends meet every month, a third of young mums say they are always in debt and over half are unable to take a job because they can’t afford childcare.

“Today’s report shows that nearly four in ten young female carers are living in poverty. This is hardly surprising when we know that, across the board, it is women who undertake essential unpaid work as carers, only to be pushed into poverty as a thank you, and who continue to be locked out of jobs that pay enough to enable them to escape out of poverty.

“For government policy to work for everyone women need to be seen and heard. If the government is serious about tackling poverty, it needs to see and hear women.”


  1. You can read the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s UK Poverty 2019/20 report here
  2. Young Women's Trust is a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women. https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/
  3. Contact the Young Women’s Trust press office by emailing Kirsty.ridyard@youngwomenstrust.org or calling 020 7837 2019 / 07495 981142