Government needs to be bolder to transform lives of young people

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Government needs to be bolder to transform lives of young people struggling to make ends meet

YWTCommenting on today’s Budget, Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust said:

“With millions of young people, especially young women, struggling to make ends meet and anxious about the future, transforming opportunities for young people must be at the heart of government's economic policy.

That's why we hoped for bold action in today's budget, and why we are concerned that the measures announced to make work pay and to improve opportunities for young people simply do not go far enough.

Young people tell us they want to work and earn enough to get by each month. However, with many people, especially apprentices, not earning enough to cover their basic living costs, changes to young person's railcards and relatively modest increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage just won't bring about the significant changes to young people's lives that are needed.

Much more needs to be done to improve young people’s prospects and give them hope for the future. This means giving them the right skills and support to find jobs, ensuring decent and flexible jobs are available, changing the law to ensure under-25s are entitled to the same National Living Wage as everyone else and significantly increasing wages and financial support for apprentices. We also hope that the Government sets out in its imminent Industrial Strategy how it will ensure that women are supported to enter and progress in sectors where they continue to be under-represented. This would benefit businesses and the economy too.”

Notes to editors

1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides coaching services and undertakes research and policy work to make sure that the talents of women don’t go to waste.

2. For more information contact Joe Levenson, Director of Communications and Campaigns at Young Women’s Trust on 020 7600 7451.