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Make Your Mark for Oldham

Every year the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) holds a UK-wide ballot called ‘Make Your Mark’, where all young people, 11-18, can vote on what they feel is important in their lives and what they think Members of the Youth Parliament should campaign on for the year ahead. The UK Youth Parliament is managed by the British Youth Council (BYC), a youth-led charity which aims to empower young people across the UK to have a say and be heard.

The UK Youth Parliament have debated and voted for which they feel are the top 10 issues that young people face across the UK in 2017. The 'Make your Mark' consultation asks young people to pick which of the 10 issues affects them most, and again, the top 5 will be debated in the House of Commons in November, and voted on to decide the UKYP campaign for 2017.

More information for 'Make Your Mark' can be found at 

The 10 issues to be voted on for this year are:

  • A Curriculum to prepare us for life - Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationship education and politics.
  • Votes at 16 - Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.
  • Protect LGBT+ People - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ young people deserve to be treated the same as everyone else; discrimination needs to be challenged.
  • Support for Young Carers - Government should increase funding to support Young Carers. Schools and youth organisations should work together better to support them.
  • Transport - Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
  • First Aid Education for All Young People - All young people should learn basic First Aid, on a regular basis, including CPR, and all schools in the UK should have a defibrillator.
  • Mental health - Services should be improved with young people’s help.
  • Make the invisible visible - Not all debilitating illnesses and conditions are visible eg. epilepsy, autism and diabetes can be isolating. Young people should work together to raise awareness.
  • Protect schools budgets from damaging cuts - Government should reverse the proposed cuts to schools so that each young person has an equal chance to succeed.
  • Work Experience hubs for 11-18 year olds - Knowing where to find work experience can be challenging. Government should create an online space to help young people with this

Each student/pupil gets to choose which one issue that they feel affects them most.

Please find below results from the 'Make Your Mark' vote of 2016.


PDF icon  Make Your Mark results 2016