Large-scale online youth survey launches

More than 1m young people took part in the UK Youth Parliament survey last year, which helps young politicians assess key issues to discuss.

Joe Lepper | 28th Aug 19

One of the UK’s largest annual online youth surveys, which attracted the views of more than one million young people last year, has been launched.

Each year the UK Youth Parliament canvasses opinion among young people across the UK on the key issues it should focus on each year.

This gives 11-to 18-year -olds the chance to identify the most important issues for the UK as well as devolved areas and their local community.

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Issues that are likely to attract attention include knife crime, the environment, mental health in schools and hate crime.

The top issues selected by respondents will be debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 8 November. This debate will be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow and has been held each year since 2009. The issues voted for by the young parliamentarians will then become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for the year.

Young people are being urged to vote online via a youth parliament Make Your Mark page.


Online resources

Young people can also vote during local debates through a show of hands or a ballot paper. Online resources to help schools and colleges run a vote locally have also been made available.

Bercow said: “Every year the Make Your Mark ballot provides a fantastic opportunity for millions of young people across the UK to engage with Parliament and the democratic process.

“Last year, over a million young people made their voices heard, as they voted for vital motions to be debated by Members of the UK Youth Parliament. This year looks like it will be no different. I look forward to welcoming the inspiring Youth Members again as they capture the imagination by debating the crucial issues affecting the future of our United Kingdom.”

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The UK Youth Parliament is run by the British Youth Council and the consultation runs until 10 October. In 2018 the survey attracted 1.1m respondents.

“Hundreds of thousands of young people across the country will get a chance to declare which issues are their biggest priority,” said Khadeejah Hullemuth, a UK Youth Parliament Coodinator.

“Make Your Mark gives decision makers at every level of government the opportunity to understand young people’s priorities. Young people are passionate about the world they live in and their futures and politicians should not only listen to our concerns but act on them.”