Members of the British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee launch their call for written evidence as part of their inquiry into the rising cost of living and its impact on young people’s health and wellbeing.
The written inquiry provides young people with the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of players on the subject, shaping a collective insight and forming potential solutions.
Written evidence is open to the public, but will also draw from the expertise of sector professionals that have been invited to participate, including charities and businesses.
Evidence is being collected via the Youth Select Committee webpage.
Dev Sharma, Chair of the Youth Select Committee from Leicester, said, “Hearing people’s thoughts and opinions is the first step towards understanding the scale and complexity of the cost of living and its impact on young people’s health.
“The Youth Select Committee looks forward to collecting views and research from a wide range of contributors, so we can shape testimonies into recommendations that will have a positive impact on the lives of young people across the UK.”
As the UK faces transformative economic shifts, the burdens placed upon the shoulders of younger generations have intensified.
The Youth Select Committee’s inquiry is the first full and comprehensive review into the rising cost-of-living’s impact on young people.The group has the unique opportunity of reinforcing the government’s understanding of the issue. They’re particularly keen to hear from marginalised communities and those from lower income households.
Following the call for written evidence, which will close 8 September, the Youth Select Committee will hear from a range of witnesses on 15 and 22 September at Portcullis House.
About the Youth Select Committee
The Youth Select Committee is a British Youth Council initiative, and has been supported by the House of Commons since 2011. The twelve members of the Youth Select Committee are aged 13-18 and include representatives from young people involved in various programmes and groups across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In previous years, committees have led inquiries into knife crime, religious and racial discrimination, votes at 16, transport, mental health, body image, and work experience. Youth Select Committee members have told us that these inquiries helped their confidence, aspiration, knowledge and skills.