The British Youth Council is the National Youth Council of the UK. A youth-led charity, we empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

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The British Youth Council is delighted to welcome the continued funding of UK Youth Parliament and the charity’s youth voice activities which amplify young people’s efforts to bring about social change. The partnership between the charity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport forms part of the UK Government’s renewed efforts for ensuring young

UK Youth Parliament launches their UK-wide campaign for Universal Free School Meals with a new partnership with Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). This campaign was chosen by Members of Youth Parliament from an elected Social Action Group, and focuses the outcome of the UK Youth Parliament’s House of Commons sitting, when the cost of living

Better political education, lowering the voting age to 16, and relaxed voter ID rules are the three biggest changes that young people want to help them to vote, according to new research from The British Youth Council and The Body Shop.  Currently, over 1.5 million 16-and-17-year-olds in the UK do not have a say in

The British Youth Council is alarmed by recent reports hundreds of child asylum-seekers have gone missing from the Home Office’s duty of care. Reports state approximately 200 asylum-seeking children have been reported missing from the government’s hotels. The children’s charity is always concerned to hear of cases where children go missing but, in this instance,