Youth parliament unveils three priorities for 2015/16 at manifesto launch
Date Added: 25/03/2015
Central Bedfordshire’s Youth Parliament has unveiled its priorities for the next 12 months in its 2015/16 manifesto.
At the manifesto launch yesterday evening (23 March), members revealed that they will be campaigning locally for better work experience for all young people, improved mental health services for young people and a living wage of at least £7.85 per hour for all workers, regardless of age. Over the next year they will work with the council, other agencies and service providers on these three priorities.
The Youth Parliament is an elected group of young people aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities) who work to improve services for young people and their communities. They are not affiliated to any political party.
It is made up of two groups: two UK Youth Parliament Members and their deputies, who represent Central Bedfordshire at a regional and national level; and Central Bedfordshire Youth Voice, which represents young people at a local level.
Chair Aarti Patel said: “It’s really exciting to finally launch our manifesto for the next year after everyone has worked so hard putting it together. Although we will continue to campaign for young people on a range of different issues, the manifesto focuses on our priorities for 2015/16.
“The campaigns for improved mental health services for young people and a living wage for everyone are incredibly important issues in Central Bedfordshire. Out of the 5,976 votes cast across Central Bedfordshire, 1,375 voted for a living wage, making this the top issue across the area. These were closely followed by more meaningful work placements for people over the age of 16. This is really important in helping to shape future careers and give young people an idea of the qualifications they need to follow a particular path.
“We are looking forward to working with as many groups as possible over the next year to ensure that young people’s voices continue to be heard in Central Bedfordshire.”
The council’s Director of Children’s Services Sue Harrison, who attended yesterday’s launch, said: “I am constantly impressed with the different and creative approaches that Youth Parliament members take to get their messages heard and the work they do to improve the lives of fellow young people.
“They have set some ambitious priorities for the next 12 months but I have no doubt that through their tenacity they will be able to build on the Youth Parliament’s previous excellent work and achieve further success. I look forward to working with members in the coming months.”
For more information about the Youth Parliament, and to see a copy of the manifesto, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/youth-voice
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