Make Your Mark 2016 – Results

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Make Your Mark Results for Wakefield

Thank you to everyone in the local schools who voted in the Make Your Mark Ballot.  978,216 11-18 year olds across the UK helped to decide what the UK Youth Parliament will debate in the House of Commons on 11 November 2016.

Make Your Mark is a unique annual consultation designed by young people for young people.  This year 1 in 6 11-18 year olds across the UK voted on issues that mattered to them, making it the largest youth consultation in the country.

How does this consultation benefit local communities?

The national results report highlights national, and local priorities. Many LAs use this data to influence local decision making. The two campaigns that emerge from this consultation, will have clear links to engaging with local decision-makers – e.g. health authorities, local councils, and police authorities. We will continue to defer to, and respect other ways of setting priorities by young representatives within the nations eg. the Scottish Youth Parliament to select campaigns within Scotland. 


11,189 (35.07%) young people voted in Wakefield

26 schools, colleges and youth groups took part

6 young volunteers help consult their peers


1 in 6 11-18 year olds across the UK take part

1204 schools, colleges and youth groups preregistered

Over 550 young volunteers registered to help consult their peers

Our top 5 issues

  1. A Curriculum to prepare us for life
  2. Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish.
  3. First aid education for all young people
  4. Transport
  5. Stop cuts that affect the NHS

 UK top 5 issues

  1. Curriculum for Life
  2. Tacking Racism and religious discrimination
  3. Transport
  4. Votes@16
  5. Stop cuts to the NHS

How we compare in our region

2nd place for number of votes

3rd place for percentage turnout

About the British Youth Council

We empower young people aged 25 and under, to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders

Further details (including the 2016 Results Report and Infographic) can be found at

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