Hundreds of youngsters take part in survery on issues in Rutland

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More than a thousand young people in Rutland have had their say about issues important to them as part of a national ballot.

The Make Your Mark survey was carried out across the country and 1400 youngsters in the county took part, registering their views on issues such as transport and marriage rights.

On Friday next week, two British Youth Council representatives, Jadene Clegg and Lauren Lycett Taylor, will be travelling from Rutland to the House of Commons to take part in a debate about the findings of the national survey. This debate will help the National Youth Parliament decide the most important issue to campaign on for the year ahead.

Coun Gene Plews, who is in charge of youth issues for Rutland County Council, said: “I’m delighted that young people throughout Rutland have grasped the chance to take part in this survey and register their views. The importance of the debate should not be underestimated as the UK Youth Parliament are the only organisation, apart from MPs, allowed to sit and debate in the House of Commons Chamber.

“I’d like to thank those members of Rutland Youth Council who put in lots of hard work to spread the word across the county. This response is the highest we’ve ever seen for a youth survey in Rutland and this is really positive news.”

The survey shows that the top three priorities in Rutland were; making public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all; marriage for all; getting ready for work; votes for all 16 to 17 year olds in all public elections and referendums; and how young people should be educated on legal rights.