YWT responds to the Child Poverty Action Group report

Thursday 13 February 2020

YWT logoResponding to the Child Poverty Action Group report, Sophie Walker Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust said: 

“It is shameful that not only are children in Britain today living below the poverty line, but they are being pushed deeper and deeper into poverty too. This is what happens when austerity policies have time and time again failed to take account of women, who are disproportionately likely to be lone parents, carers and relying on insecure employment. 

“We know from our own research that nearly 40 percent of young women struggle to make ends meet every month, one in four skip meals every day to make ends meet and over half are unable to take a job because they can’t afford childcare. 

“Women's poverty is at heart of so much of UK's poverty, and thoughtless policies have plunged spiralling numbers of young women into poverty, with those with children worst affected. 

“I hope the Ministers appointed to the Prime Minister’s new Cabinet today understand the enormity of the task ahead of them. The key to unlocking poverty in Britain is by unlocking women’s poverty and they do not have the time to wait.” 


Notes to Editors 

  1. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) report Dragged Deeper: How families are falling further and further below the poverty line is embargoed to 0001 Thursday 13 February.
  2. Young Women's Trust is a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women. https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/
  3. Contact the YWT press office on 07495 981142 or email Kirsty.ridyard@youngwomenstrust.org