A huge thank-you to every last one of you that voted in this years Make Your Mark ballot. The Youth Forum are proud to announce that we received an incredible 4,948 UK topic votes and 4,963 devolved topic votes. This shows us that young people in BaNES want to have a say and are informed on issues that affect us all both locally and nationally. The British Youth Council and Youth Parliament have totalled these votes up revealing the top five UK issues….
Protect the Environment - 392,487
Tackling Hate Crime - 139,947
Votes@16 - 127,597
Welcome Refugees - 97,676
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - 68,19
The top five devolved issues are;
End Knife Crime - 291,199
Mental Health - 196,293
Curriculum for Life - 139,344
Child Poverty - 131,184
Street Harassment - 74,303
Make Your Mark is only the start of the journey. Your votes will now be taken to the House of Commons where your Member of Youth Parliament will be debating on the topics we should take forward for next years campaigns.
If you want it to be YOU debating at the House of Commons next year make sure you attend our Manifesto Day on the 23rd of November by contacting CharlotteFarnham@offtherecord-banes.co.uk
Off the Record would also like to say a massive thank you to all the schools and youth clubs who registered and counted votes this year. We couldn’t represent the voices of young people without you.