The Top 5 issues from Make Your Mark Ballot

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The five topics that received the most votes in the ballot are:
• Votes at 16. Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in elections and referendums.
• Everyone should be paid at least the Living Wageof £7.65 per hour (£8.80 in London). Anyone who works, regardless of age, should have a decent standard of living.
• Mental health services should be improved with our help. We should all learn about common mental health issues at school and negative stereotypes should be challenged.
• Work Experience. We should have the chance to do at least a week’s placement, at a place of our choosing. We should have access to professionals who inspire us.
• Bring back exam resits in Maths and Englishin English schools, and help us achieve our potential.

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