Young people’s poll reveals Living Wage is the big issue

Impressed: Councillor Matthew Tomlinson

Impressed: Councillor Matthew Tomlinson

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Young people in Lancashire have turned out in their droves to prove they really do care about democracy.

More than 32,000 across the county have cast their votes to decide the five key issues which Members of the Young People’s Parliament (MYPs) will decide in their annual House of Commons debate on live TV next month.

Nationally the numbers voting shot up almost 100 per cent on last year to 865,000. And the hottest topic to emerge was “Everyone should receive the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour.”

Bringing back re-sits for English and maths came second, with work experience, a school curriculum to prepare students for life and a topic on mental health also widely supported.

Matthew Tomlinson, the county council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This is a phenomenal level of engagement. Young people in Lancashire and further afield really have jumped at the chance to express their views on issues that matter to them.

“As I travel around the county talking to young people, I am frequently reminded that they care passionately about a whole range of issues.”

Danielle Gold, 17, Member of the Youth Parliament for South Ribble, said the poll was “an amazing opportunity” to get young people’s perspective on how the world affects them. She added: “We had 2,861 votes from South Ribble.”