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One in four young mums are skipping meals, according to a new poll.
One in four UK young mums are skipping meals every day to provide for their children, according to new research from Young Women’s Trust.
Survation polled 520 mums between the ages of 18 and 30 for the charity to find that 28 per cent skip meals every day and half (50 per cent) skip meals at least once a week to feed their children.
Among those receiving universal credit, 37 per cent are skipping meals every day to make ends meet.
The Trust says young mothers who are in work often struggle too as they get less government support under the age of 25 [they are not entitled to the national living wage] and are more likely to be working in low-paid sectors like care, cleaning and clerical work.
Young Women’s Trust campaigns and communications director, Joe Levenson, said of the findings: “Young Women’s Trust has found that young mothers are facing huge challenges in their everyday lives as they struggle to make ends meet. A shocking number are regularly having to skip meals to feed their children.
“Young mums are telling us they want to work and become financially independent but barriers to work and low pay for those in work prevent that. Those on universal credit are even worse off.”
The Trust is calling for the national living wage to be extended to under 25s and for a rethink of universal credit.