With a massive increase of 186% from last year, a total of 20,872 young people (making West Sussex the 4th highest in the UK), aged 11-18, took part in the West Sussex Make Your Mark ballot! The national campaign seeks to give young people a say on what is discussed by their Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in their annual House of Commons debate, which will be held on the 13th November 2015.
The top five issues in West Sussex were:
- Living Wage (5725 votes)
- A Curriculum to prepare us for life (2724 votes)
- Transport (2331 votes)
- Mental Health (2179 votes)
- Tackling racism and religious discrimination; particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish (1889 votes)
The MYPs for West Sussex, with support from the West Sussex Youth Cabinet and Adur & Worthing Youth Council, have been working on this campaign since May 2015. The young people have worked hard to support schools and youth groups to sign up and deliver the consultation, and are looking forward to debating in the House of Commons to decide the 2016 UK Youth Parliament National Campaign.
“A big thank you to everyone who voted and to the schools and clubs who made time in their already busy lives to participate in this important ballot. Without the support of these schools and clubs the Youth Voice of West Sussex would not be heard so loudly.”
— Stephen Gearing, 13, MYP
The national results for the Make Your Mark Campaign will be released by the end of October.
For more information about the UK Youth Parliament visit: http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/
What is the West Sussex Youth Cabinet & Youth Parliament?
It’s a group of 48 young people from around the county, and four UK Youth Parliament (YP) representatives. They are elected by their peers from a range of schools and youth groups across West Sussex, with over 23,000 voting in the last election. The Youth Cabinet works closely with the County Council and represents the views of young people in their areas. The Youth Cabinet also works on projects which focus on issues that affect young people, including Healthy Lifestyles, Discrimination and lobbying to change mental health services through the Free Your Mind campaign.
Who can be on the Youth Cabinet?
Anyone who lives, works or studies in West Sussex aged between 11 and 18 can apply.
When do bi-elections take place?
The bi-elections for West Sussex Youth Cabinet & UK Youth Parliament will be held in March 2016. Details about the available seats, and deadline for applicants, will be released by the end of November.
The West Sussex Youth Cabinet is supported by the Young People’s Service.