Blogs and news about lowering the voting age to 16.
The British Youth Council is calling on the UK public to support the voices of young people on the issues that matter to them. Their latest plea coincides with International Youth Day which focuses on the barriers to intergenerational solidarity, notably ageism, which impacts young people across the world. Representing millions of young people, the
Political freedom, parity, and equality are fundamental concepts that underpin a true democracy. This means giving every citizen of a nation the unqualified right to cast a vote on who they believe should be representing them on a local, regional, and national scale. In many cases, however, the youth are treated as an exception to
As international ambassadors, we have seen incredible progress in countries around the world in giving young people the right to vote. Even within the UK, in Wales and Scotland, young people aged 16 and above have been granted voting rights in local elections and referendums, enabling them to influence key decisions that affect their lives
The British Youth Council is renewing its efforts to lobby politicians for a lower voting age of 16 as part of a 3-year partnership with The Body Shop. Together, they will develop a Votes at 16 manifesto, calling for all political parties to incorporate full voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in all national elections
Everyone’s talking about young people. Most of it is bad news. Young people are, depending on the source, too nice for our own good, morally immature, useless, or informed and powerful. Turns out you can make young people suit your story pretty easily. For the UK’s young people, when you look at statistics, our lot
Assembly Members in Wales have granted 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in Welsh Assembly elections and Welsh local council elections. The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition are celebrating the historical moment as a landmark in the campaign for Votes at 16 but call on the political parties in
The British Youth Council have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Government’s continued opposition to a lower voting age. The unplanned EU Elections which take place on Thursday 23rd May will see 1.5 million young people aged 16 and 17 denied the opportunity to vote. Over the past 16 years, the youth-led charity has been campaigning
On the 50th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act receiving Royal Assent, The British Youth Council, UK Youth Parliament and Votes at 16 Coalition call on the Government to lower the voting age to 16 in all elections and referenda taking place in the UK. The renewed calls comes following repeated attempts to
UK Youth Parliament has chosen to focus on lowering the voting age to 16 and knife crime in 2019. The decision came following the UK Youth Parliament’s tenth House of Commons debate which was chaired by the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Knife crime was declared a top concern in the UK Youth Parliament’s
The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition have joined forces with the FairVote Campaign to support the renewed attempt to introduce a lowering vote age. The latest attempt to introduce voting for 16 and 17 year olds has been spearheaded by Peter Kyle MP who is championing the Representation of the People Bill.