No Young Women Left Behind - Young Women’s Trust
Katie.Dix / 24 Mar 2021
New #NoYoungWomenLeftBehind campaign action: launched 12 midday today 5th March 2021
The Budget was a missed opportunity to make sure young women get the vital support they need.
Extending the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit for just 6 months doesn't give young women security. It also fails to recognise the challenges facing those on other benefits, especially young women receiving Carer's Allowance.
Young women are calling on the government to increase both Universal Credit and Carer's Allowance not just for 6 months, but permanently.
Will you support them and sign the petition now?
Petition link: https://youngwomenstrust.eaction.org.uk/uplift-benefits
International Women’s Day landing page: https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/international-womens-day/
Why we need this petition:
Growing numbers of young women are having to rely on benefits as job losses rise. When the crisis hit, the Government recognised the increasing financial pressures and made a temporary increase of £20 to the basic rate of Universal Credit. Young Women tell us this has been a vital lifeline at a time when many have seen incomes fall and costs rise. Lockdown may be set to ease soon, but young women are likely to experience a long-term impact on their finances.
In particular, Young Women’s Trust’s ‘Picking up the Pieces’ research showed that:
- 1.5 million (28%) young women have lost income since the start of the pandemic.
- One in eight women had applied for benefits since the first lockdown.
- One in four mothers had applied for benefits.
- Of those applying for benefits, it was the first time applying for benefits for 69% of young women.
- One in six young women had reduced their hours at work to manage childcare.
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been working with young women on the #NoYoungWomanLeftBehind campaign. We want to make sure that no young woman is left behind as the government plans for the nation’s recovery. This petition is the latest action for the campaign, which you can find out about here.
E2W will be involved in a number of fundraising events over the next 12 months. We would love for you to sponsor our colleagues, members and friends to help raise money for the Young Women’s Trust. If you are planning to get involved with a sponsored event for charity, we’d love for you to represent the Young Women’s Trust to raise money for their great cause.
Please sponsor and help E2W to raise as much money as possible for this amazing cause. Every pound you donate makes a difference to the lives of the young women, supported by this charity.
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