Young people need a “brighter future” than the Chancellor offers

Monday 29 October 2018

YWT logoResponding to today’s Budget, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

 “The Chancellor of the Exchequer today set out his plan for a ‘brighter future’. With half of young people telling Young Women’s Trust they are worried for the future, the Government must do more than firefighting. 

“Easing the transition onto Universal Credit will provide a welcome relief to many. As it stands, suffering a period of no income during the transition is pushing job-seekers into debt, not enabling them to attend job interviews and find work. The Government must now focus on supporting young people into work, not simply sanctioning them.

 “Young women’s mental health concerns are skyrocketing. Increased funding to manage the growing crisis is welcome but more is needed to prevent young people reaching crisis point. Half of young women say that their work has had a negative impact on their mental health, with huge numbers reporting they are stuck in low-paid, insecure jobs and struggling to make ends meet. 

“Much more needs to be done to lift young people out of low pay. Young people say that extending the National Living Wage to under-25s would be the biggest help, so they can keep up with the cost of living. This is supported by the majority of baby boomers and employers, too. 

“Giving young people a brighter future also means significantly increasing the apprentice minimum wage, so young people can afford to train and meet our economy’s needs. This would benefit young people, businesses and the economy.”


Notes to editor:

Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 in England and Wales trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

  1. All Young Women’s Trust figures included, unless otherwise stated, are based on findings from a survey carried out for Young Women’s Trust by Populus Data Solutions. A representative sample of 4,010 18-30 year-olds and 1,115 54-72 year-olds in England and Wales, with panel services provided by Populus Live, were surveyed between 29 June-16 July 2018.
  2. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or