Page added on October 23, 2012
Transport and equal marriage rights are the most important issues to Leicestershire’s young people, a new poll reveals.
A fair national minimum wage, getting ready for work and a curriculum which prepares young people for life complete the top five.
The list has been released by Leicestershire County Council to coincide with the top national topics being announced.
Teenagers chose the topics either by voting on the UK Youth Parliament website or completing one of the paper ballot forms sent out by the county’s UK Youth Parliament reps in October.
Now Leicestershire’s UK Youth Parliament reps, who are supported by the County Council’s youth service, will debate the top five topics picked nationally at a sitting in the House of Commons.
Taking place on 23rd November, the session will be broadcast live on the BBC Parliament channel.
Lutterworth College pupil Poppie Simmonds, the UKYP representative for Blaby, said: “It is really important to debate the issues that affect young people.
“Having the Make Your Mark ballot results is the starting point for tackling these issues in Leicestershire.”
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It’s important to listen to young people about the issues affecting their lives and ensuring their voices are heard is a top priority for us.”
On 23rd November, members of the youth parliament, including Leicestershire’s reps, will debate the national top five issues at their sitting in the House of Commons to be chaired by John Bercow MP. At the sitting, one topic will be chosen to be UKYP’s national campaign for 2013.
Part of the national ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot, voters were asked to choose what they consider the most important issue for young people in the UK from 15 options.
Over 250,000 young people across the country took part in the ballot. Run by the UK Youth Parliament, it was open to all young people aged between 12 and 18.
The topics topping the national poll have been revealed by the UK Youth Parliament today (Monday) – to find out more, please visit www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk .