On Saturday 20th September, Andover Youth Council (with the supervision of Andover Town Council) put on a “Make your Mark” event at the Rendezvous, Union Street in Andover.
The event was for young people aged 11-25 to vote for what topic should be debated in the House of Commons in November.
“Make your Mark” is a annual ballot giving young people the opportunity to have their say on what is debated by their Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in the House of Commons on the 14th November.
The topics that came up this year were:
- Work experience (38 votes)
- Everyone should be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.65 per hour / £8.80 in London (36 votes)
- Mental health services should be improved with our help (27 votes)
- Bring back exam resits in Maths and English, in English schools (26 votes)
- A curriculum to prepare us for life (15 votes)
- Votes at 16 (11 votes)
- Give young people a voice in improving their communities (7 votes)
- Young people should be directly involved in making laws (6 votes)
- Euthanasia (6 votes)
- Fund our youth services, don’t cut them (4 votes)
Of the 176 votes, the most popular topic that came up in Andover was “Work experience” with 38 people voting for it to be debated in the House of Commons in November.