If young people were in charge we would have better work experience opportunities, improved mental health services and the living wage for all.
These priorities were outlined in the Central Bedfordshire Youth Parliament’s 2015/16 manifesto on Monday (March 23).
Parliament members revealed they will campaign on behalf of young people on the issues during the next twelve months, working with the council, other agencies and service providers.
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.
“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.”
For more information about the Youth Parliament, and to see a copy of the manifesto, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/youth-voice