Make Your Mark Campaign at the YPC

The young people on Maple and Pine Lodge have been involved in the Make Your Mark campaign 2014.

The 12th August marked the launch of Make Your Mark, the UK Youth Parliament‘s annual ballot of the public, giving young people their say on what is debated by their Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in the House of Commons on 14th November.

The ballot will decide which five topics from a shortlist of ten will be debated in the chamber by elected MYPs. The debate will be chaired by The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP (speaker of the House of Commons), recorded in Hansard and broadcast live on BBC Parliament. From these, the Youth Parliament will choose its priority campaigns for the year ahead

Priority topics in previous years have included Transport, Curriculum for Life, Votes at 16, Bullying, Unemployment and Careers Advice, with subsequent Youth Select Committee enquiries being commissioned by the British Youth Council into Transport, Curriculum for Life and Votes at 16 – all with a formal Government response.

The UK Youth Parliament will again be working in partnership with Parliament Week to promote the topics to schools and the public.

The winning two topics from the YPC ballot were:

  1. Bring back exam resits in Maths and English in English schools, and help us achieve our potential.
  2. Everyone should be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour (£8.80 in London). Anyone who works, regardless of age, should have a decent standard of living

We look forward to watching the debate live on November 14th.

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