Are you aged 11-18 years and live in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Littleborough, Wardle, Milnrow, Belfield, Smallbridge or Newhey?  Would you like issues which affect people your age to be debated in the House of Commons by your UK Youth Parliament?  Louis Tweedale, the Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) for Rochdale Borough will be representing YOU in the House of Commons on Friday 9th November and wants to know what issues YOU want sorting!  The top 10 issues raised by young people this year are:

  1. Mental Health – mental health services should be improved with young people’s help; and should be available in schools.
  2. End Period Poverty – Sanitary products are an essential item.  The Government and NHS should make them free and accessible for all who need it.
  3. Votes at 16 – Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.
  4. Put an End to Knife Crime – Too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime; the Government need to do more to end the knife crime epidemic.
  5. A Curriculum to Prepare us for Life – Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationship education and politics.
  6. Support Youth Services – Youth services help young people but in recent years they have been cut.  Youth services need better financial support and security.
  7. Equal Pay for Equal Work – Give young people the same amount of pay, if they are doing the same work as adults in the same job.
  8. Let’s Tackle Homelessness – Every person should have a place to live and the opportunity to live comfortably.  Let’s make it happen and put a stop to homelessness.
  9. Transport – Make public cheaper, better and accessible for all.
  10. Welcome Refugees – Everyone deserves the right to live without fear of death and persecution so we believe that refugees should be welcomed into communities in the UK.

Choose 1 issue which is most important to you and vote now and you can watch the debate live on BBC Parliament and online!  You can vote through Rochdale Youth Service in schools, colleges and youth clubs across the borough or you can vote online at: http://www.mi-event.info/event/makeyourmark2018

Louis Tweedale and Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet will also look at the local results and meet with key decision makers to ensure the issues affecting you locally are addressed too!  If you want to get in touch with questions or would like to be more involved, contact the youth cabinet on Twitter @cabinet_rys or e-mail youth.service@rochdale.gov.uk