Young Women's Trust says National Living Wage should be extended to under-25s

By agency reporter
May 5, 2018

Commenting on a recent parliamentary debate on extending the National Living Wage to under-25s, led by David Linden MP, Young Women’s Trust chief executive, Dr Carole Easton, said: “More than a million under-25s earn less than the National Living Wage. As a result of low pay, young people are falling into debt, using foodbanks and reporting low self-confidence. 

“We all need a basic amount of money to get by, no matter how old we are. The bus to work costs the same, whether you’re 24 or 26. Gas and electricity costs the same, regardless of age. Rent doesn’t cost any less in your early 20s. 

“Much more needs to be done to improve young people’s prospects and give them hope for the future. This means significantly increasing the apprentice minimum wage and changing the law to ensure under-25s are entitled to the same National Living Wage as everyone else. This would benefit businesses and the economy too.” 

Nia (26, Cardiff) worked in a café and was paid a lower minimum wage because she was under-25, “It was exactly the same job and exactly the same number of hours as the older people I worked with, but at the end of the day I was taking home less money. 

“Paying under-25s less doesn’t make a huge amount of sense. Your outgoings don’t suddenly increase on your 25th birthday and I didn’t gain a lot more experience overnight! We should be paid the same for the same work because we are worth the same.” 

* Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty.

* Young Women's Trust https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/

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