Half of young people worried about the future


New data from the Young Women’s Trust has found half of young people feel worried about the future because of financial pressures. Many of those surveyed were either living or moving back in with their parents. The poll of 4,000 18 to 30-year-olds, carried out by Populus Data Solutions, additionally found a significant number describing themselves as worn down (42%) or lacking self-confidence (47%).

Young women are being particularly affected. The percentage of women reporting that they lacked self-confidence was 54%, compared with 39% of young men. One in three said they were worried about their mental health, including 38% of young women and 29% of young men.

Comment from Young Women's Trust's Chief Executive

Dr Carole Easton, the chief executive of Young Women’s Trust, which supports and represents women aged 16 to 30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales, said:

“Make no mistake about it, we’re talking about a generation of young people in crisis. And while life is hard for many young people, our survey shows it’s likely to be considerably tougher if you are a young woman. Much more needs to be done to improve young people’s prospects, including through creating a minister for young people and extending the National Living Wage to under 25s.”

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Source: Guardian news article: Young Britons living in 'suspended adulthood', research finds