If you are aged 11-18 we would like to encourage you to vote in the national Make Your Mark survey.
Last year more than 18,000 votes were made by young people from West Sussex.
Katherine Broadhurst said: “It is not ve ry often that you get to tell people what you really want from the ground up. We get affected by all the policy changes but we don’t really get to say "This is what I want". This is the one time where we get to say "These are the top issues that young people are facing today.”
This year there are ten topics to choose from and the ones with the most votes will be debated by Members of Youth Parliament during their sitting in the House of Commons this November (subject to a vote by MPs).
The ten topics are:
- a curriculum to prepare us for life
- votes at 16
- protect LGBT+ people
- support for young carers
- first aid education for all young people
- mental health
- make the invisible visible
- protect schools budgets from damaging cuts
- work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds.
Topics will be debated by members of the Youth Parliament.
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I would really encourage anyone aged 11-18 to take part and make a difference both locally and nationally. Voting only runs until 30 September, so there is no time to waste.”