967,000 young people make their mark in UK Youth Parliament’s biggest ever mandate for House of Commons debates.
The five issues that received the most votes in the ballot are:
- Living Wage. Everyone should be able to live comfortably. Everyone aged 16 or over should be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.85 per hour (£9.15 in London). (The ‘Living Wage’ as devised by the Living Wage Foundation.)
- A Curriculum to prepare us for life. Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.
- Mental health. Services should be improved with young people’s help and mental health education should be compulsory and challenge stereotypes.
- Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
- Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish. All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.
This years campaign has seen a 10% increase on last year (877,488 votes) setting a new record for the biggest youth consultation of its kind in UK history, with nearly 1 in 5 of all young people aged 11-18, taking part.
The Wakefield Youth Work Team would like to thank you if you voted!