Teenagers voting on issues that matter
LANCASHIRE’S young people have taken the opportunity to vote on the issues that matter most to them.
This year’s Make Your Mark campaign has seen 1,106,788 young people take part, making it one of the largest youth consultations of its kind in UK history, with 1 in 5 of all young people aged 11-18 taking part.
This follows the Make Your Mark ballot, which resulted in over 27,000 young people in Lancashire and over 230,000 in the North West voting to decide which issues should be campaigned on.
The Make Your Mark ballot is supported by local authorities, schools, Parliament, the British Youth Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
It gives young people across the country a say on what is to be debated on the green benches of the House of Commons by Members of Youth Parliament.
Each issue will be discussed within the chamber on Friday, November 9 during the UK Youth Parliament’s eighth sitting in the House of Commons.
This year’s debate is due to be chaired by John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, who has chaired every debate in the House of Commons since their first sitting in 2009.
The top three issues will be mental health, ending knife crime, and equal pay and equal work.
Most of these issues are reflected across the UK.
Overall in the national figure has passed one million young people voting for the first time.
County Cllr Susie Charles, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “Once again the ballot achieved a really high level of voting.
“Young people both in Lancashire and across the country have appreciated the opportunity to express their opinions on the issues that they really care about.
“Hopefully the young people enjoyed debating the issues.
“This was a tremendous experience and opportunity for them to have their say.
“The young people have played a part in real democracy.” More information about Lancashire’s Young People’s team, part of the Children & Family Wellbeing Service is available on the county council’s website at www. lancashire.gov.uk/ yps
An on-screen display showed the results of an exit poll