BYC is part of Democratic Life, a group of interested
individuals and organisations who have come together to champion
citizenship education in the face of uncertain political support
for the subject.
We want citizenship education to remain in the national
curriculum and for schools continue to improve the teaching of the
subject, and are encouraging individuals to join our campaign in support of this.
Young Equals - campaigning against age discrimination.
BYC is part of Young Equals - a group of charities and
children and young people who are campaigning to stop age
discrimination. There are many examples of children and young people
experiencing unfair and harmful treatment because of their age.
This might be not being allowed in shops or public places because
of their age, or having to put up with the sound of Mosquito
devices that give out a high-pitched noise to deter teenagers.
"Discrimination against young people is widespread in England.
Half (49%) of seven to seventeen year olds have experienced unfair
treatment because of their age." - Children's Rights Alliance for
England, ICM Poll. March 2010.
Votes at 16
The British Youth Council (BYC) believes that 16
and 17 year olds should be given the vote in all public elections
in the UK, because at 16 we are mature enough to engage in and
contribute to democracy.
We will campaign for votes at 16, partnered with increased
engagement of young people in decision-making in our communities,
and alongside accessible and informative political education. Votes
at 16 will help ensure that young people's views are better
represented within UK politics.
National Minimum Wage Coalition
BYC is campaigning for an equal National Minimum
Wage for everyone aged 16 and over. As part of our campaign work,
we are part of the National Minimum Wage campaign coalition. This
group is led by UNISON and supported by BYC, Child Poverty Action
Group, Institute of Employment Rights, National Union of Students,
Trade Union Congress, and YWCA England & Wales. The group was
set up to:
- Defend and improve the minimum wage
- Improve it - support the uprating of the national minimum
- Extend it - to cover Apprentices
- Make it fair - scrap the age bands that discriminate against
- Enforce it - make sure workers know about it and employers pay