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The Youth Select Committee sets out to cover the topic of Votes at 16.

Priority subject

This year the Youth Select Committee (YSC), which was launched by the British Youth Council (BYC) and is supported by the House of Commons, set out to cover the topic of Votes at 16, which was identified as a priority subject and voted for by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons in November 2013.

The committee is made up of 11 young people aged 11-18 from all parts of the UK and gives them the chance to look closely at issues important to them.

Alex George, Chair of the Scouts delegation to the British Youth Council, gave evidence last week to the Youth Select Committee for their enquiry into the idea of Votes at 16.

Alex said: ‘I have witnessed first-hand through Scouting the difference that 16 and 17 year-olds make in communities across the UK. It is essential that young people are given a say in the democratic process.

‘Denying young people the vote when they are arguably at their most politically active leads to a later rejection of the system. Voting is a habit that we need to ensure young people take up.’

You can learn more about Votes at 16 here: www.votesat16.org.

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