A record 5570 young people from across Rochdale borough aged 11 – 19 voted in the national Make Your Mark consultation this year through schools, colleges and youth groups, that’s over 25% of our youth population!  The top 3 issues voted for across the borough are:

  1. Transport
  2. Tacking racist and religious discrimination
  3. Raising awareness of sexual harassment in schools

On Tuesday 8th November Rochdale Youth Service is holding a local Question Time event chaired by our MYP (Member of UK Youth Parliament) to enable young people to share their thoughts, opinions and suggestions to dignitaries, decision makers and service providers and see what improvements can be made for young people.  If you are interested in being involved in this please e-mail heather.mellalieu@rochdale.gov.uk

On a regional level, the North West of England got the highest number of votes for the 3rd year running with 194,091 young people voting across our region.  The top 3 issues voted for across the North West are:

  1. A curriculum to prepare us for life
  2. Transport
  3. Tackling racist and religious discrimination

Young people from across all of the North West (Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire) including members of the Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet (RBYC), will meet frequently to tackle these issues on a larger scale through YouthForia, Greater Manchester Youth Assembly and the Northern Powerhouse.

Almost 1 million young people voted across the whole of the UK, another record breaking number!  The top 5 issues most voted for nationally are:

  1. A curriculum to prepare us for life
  2. Tackling racist and religious discrimination
  3. Transport
  4. Votes at 16
  5. Stop cuts that affect the NHS

Tabitha Rusden, the MYP for Rochdale, will be meeting with MYPs from across the UK in the House of Commons of Westminster to debate on these top 5 issues.  They will choose which they will be campaigning on in England and which they will campaign on across the whole of the UK over the next 12 months.  This can be watched live on BBC Parliament and online on Friday 11th November.

If you would like to get involved and have your voice heard, get in touch with angela.mccormack@rochdale.gov.uk. For a look at the full report on the 2016 Make Your Mark consultation, visit:

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