Children and young people will be those most affected by decisions made today, yet they are often denied a voice in both local and national politics.
Children and young people are passionate about the issues facing the country: climate change, serious violence, and mental health. They have a right to have their say and to be listened to.
The next government must renew our democratic offer and provide meaningful opportunities for all children and young people to get involved:
- Lower the voting age to 16, and support children and young people to campaign and participate in the democratic process.
- Give children and young people a say in all local decisions that affect them, including everything from how recreational spaces are designed to what services are offered by the NHS.
- Re-invest in youth centres and services, putting this vital resource back at the heart of local communities.
Read the full version of our Manifesto for a Better Childhood.