Make Your Mark takes place annually supported by Local Authorities, schools, UK Parliament, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The last ballot took place from Sunday 1st November 2020 until Monday 30th November 2020. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the ballot young people could only take part online.
Who makes decisions about what issues? Decisions that affect things like your education, healthcare and transport are made by different groups of people depending on where you live in the UK. The power to make some decisions is shared between the UK Parliament in London, the Scottish Parliament, the Assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales, and some Mayors in England (Devolved issues). However, other decisions that affect all of the UK can only be made by the UK Parliament in London (UK issues).
UK wide topics The following things are not devolved, and the UK government remains responsible for them:
the constitution eg. voting age
international relations and defence
nationality and immigration
the UK tax system
employment and social security (except Northern Ireland)
Devolution in English local government Metro Mayors and Combined Authorities eg. West Midlands, Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley and Bristol; as well as the Mayor of London, all have different responsibilities due to the agreements each area has made with the UK government. If you live in an area with a Metro Mayor (or in London) please check their website for more information on their specific powers.
Devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland How devolution works across the UK is complex and is all different. But broadly the following things are devolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:
health and social care
education and training
local government and housing
agriculture, forestry and fisheries
the environment and planning
tourism, sport and heritage
economic development and internal transport
Young people have spoken.
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Catch up on LIVE with Make Your Mark where we discussed the biggest issues with young people and decision-makers.