studentbeans.com heads off to Parliament
Let us know your opinions on voting, employment, and all things political... your voice could make all the difference.
Tomorrow studentbeans.com is heading off to Westminster - the House of Commons to be precise (us? showing off? course not...) - to take part in something that we think is quite important.
We’ll be attending two meetings organised by the Bite The Ballot campaign - one about voter registration, the other focusing on youth employment issues.
An Electoral Commission report found that voter registration for the 19-24 age group is just 56%, compared with a much healthier 72% for 25 to 34-year-olds.
Put simply this shows that young people - for one reason or another - don’t feel that politics interests them, a point that has been echoed in our student focus groups over the years.
But why? Tuition fees. Employment. House prices. The minimum wage. These are all things that every young person has to consider, and they can only be affected by carrying out your civic duty and voting.
Over 60% of recent graduates we asked felt that finding a job was their biggest worry, and in terms of tuition fees an incredible 74% of students say their courses wouldn’t be worth the new maximum level of £9000 per year.
In the next few years the way we register to vote will change, making it much easier to opt-out of registering.
This is why we’re getting together with empowered young voters and a whole host of ‘important people’ - to discuss how young voters may be affected, and how we can get them enthused about the political process.
Before we head off to Westminster (OK, so now we might be showing off) we want to know what you’re opinions are about voting, policy, politicians and anything else that you feel you need to get off your chest.
Why do you think so few young people vote? What worries you the most? Do you feel that politicians understand young people?
Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll get your opinions to the people that matter.