COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Young lone mums shying away from basic health care

The "demonising

of teenage and lone parenthood means that many young mothers shy away from using essential health and social services.

That is the main conclusion of a new report presented to a United Nations commission last week by the women's charity the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).

The author of the report, YWCA director of policy and campaigns Mandana Hendessi, interviewed 136 mothers in England and found that young women from Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities in particular often find themselves excluded from health and social services.

The YWCA has called on the Government to raise the minimum wage for those aged 21 and under to the adult rate, and to fund childcare provision at further education colleges and institutions.

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