Barnsley’s young people call for a debate on transport

Transport remains the issue that young people in Barnsley would most like Members of the Youth Parliament to discuss at their annual debate in the House of Commons in London next month. 

Young people across the country have been asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons on 10th November 

Over 10,000 young Barnsley people participated in the 2017 Make Your Mark ballot - a fantastic achievement which shows how keen they are to engage with this process year on year. 

Young people were asked to choose from 10 issues and voting took place across Barnsley in secondary schools and colleges. Youth councillors and Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) delivered assemblies and promoted the ballot to their peers. 

A total of 10,239 votes were cast in Barnsley and the top three issues cited by the borough’s young people were, in full:

  1. Transport
  2. Work experience hubs for 11 to 18-year-olds
  3. Curriculum to prepare us for life 

Brandon Green MYP, an active member of Barnsley Youth Council who has been supporting the campaign, said: We are all proud of the work that we do in ensuring that young people’s voices are heard. It is great for Barnsley’s young people to be able to take part in such an important democratic process.” 

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said: “The enthusiastic response in Barnsley to the democratic opportunity presented by the Mark Your Mark ballot is yet another great example that young people locally want to get involved and have their say.

“It’s great to see how young people want to become engaged in the democratic process. We’ve been proactive in encouraging this by giving them opportunities to present items at our Cabinet meetings as part of the Takeover Challenge which puts children and young people into decision-making roles. 

“I’d like to thank Barnsley’s youth councillors for putting their time and effort into delivering this campaign to their peers. The process will ensure Members of the Youth Parliament have a clear direction for their debate in the House of Commons next month.” 

The annual House of Commons debate will take place on Friday, 10 November chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament. The Youth Parliament will use the debate to choose its priority campaigns for the year.

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