Provide more funding and support services for teen pregnancies
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In recent years, despite the number of teen pregnancies in the United Kingdom halving, there is an ever-growing problem of young mothers with not enough funding and financial stability to raise a child. Particularly amongst student mothers, there is insufficient support provided by the government and NHS to maintain a living. Although there is a Care to Learn scheme to help mothers in education, this is only available to women under 20 years old enrolled on publicly-funded courses in school, sixth form centres and colleges meaning those who earn a salary at an apprenticeship, or are studying at a higher education institution such as a university, are not eligible for the £160 per child that other young mothers receive.
Some schools and colleges offer an annual bursary of up to £1,200 for their students, while pregnant mothers under 18 years old also receive help from the Healthy Start scheme. This is an organisation under the NHS who provide vouchers for essentials e.g fresh fruit and veg, milk and vitamins though is only made available for mothers who are under 18 years old or are given a child benefit of no more than £21 a week.
We believe every child and teenage mother should be given access to more financial support and schemes- why should a university student's baby have a pinched, low-quality start in life? Sign our petition to open up the Healthy Start and Care to Learn schemes to a wider range of teenage mothers, or kickstart a brand new service where every teenage mother is eligible.
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