Make minimum wage equal for all age groups

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As a young person finding a job alone is difficult enough, never mind one that pays a decent "living wage". This is a challenge many young people are facing that are living independently. The UK government was recently advised by charities working closely with young people at risk of becoming homeless to reinstate housing benefits it took away from 18-21 year olds. The current minimum wage for young people under the age of 18 is just £4.35 an hour, compared to the rate of 25+ being £8.21.

Even the ages between 18-20 are discriminated against by being paid £6.15 an hour, and 21-24 year olds only earn £7.70. This means a 19 year old who is living independently with this age group would only earn £184.50 a week, whereas someone over the age of 25 in the same job role would be earning £246.40. Young people's bills aren't cheaper because of their age, so why should their wages be?

As a foster care leaver I had to live independently from a young age. With the current set minimum wage I cannot afford to live as with costs of rent, council tax and bills there is nothing left. I am positive I am not the only young person that is frustrated by this and would like to see a living wage for all workers, irrelevant of age.