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New Bill Introduces Votes at Sixteen

The National Assembly for Wales Commission has introduced a Bill to the National Assembly for Wales, which will let 16 and 17 year olds vote in Assembly elections.

It will also make any other necessary changes required to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register for the elections and provisions to protect young people’s data.

The Bill, called the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill, will make a number of changes to the National Assembly and voting. The Bill proposes changing the name of the National Assembly for Wales to ‘the Senedd’, or where appropriate, ‘Welsh Parliament’.

The Bill also sets out changes to who can and cannot stand for election to the Senedd.

For more information, please visit the National Assembly for Wales website here.

Members of UK Youth Parliament recognised for powerful speeches

Members of UK Youth Parliament have been recognised for outstanding contributions to the House of Commons debates which took place on 09 November 2018.

The UK Youth Parliament sits in the House of Commons once a year to debate the issues chosen during the Make Your Mark campaign. Young people from the four nations of the UK debate the issues chosen in the same way as currently sitting MPs; through speeches at the ballot box, and from the backbench by members.

In 2014, the Paul Boskett Award for outstanding speeches was established in memory of Paul Boskett MBE, to recognise excellent debate contributions.

The Member of Youth Parliament for Derbyshire, Alex McDermott won the award for his opening speech at the ballot box on votes at 16. Cormac Savage, Member of Youth Parliament for South Down in Northern Ireland was recognised for his backbench contribution on tackling homelessness.

Samuel Taylor, Member of Youth Parliament for Blaenau Gwent and chair of the Young Wales Young Person’s Project Board, won the award for his speech on lowering the voting age to 16.

Samuel made note of the lowered voting age in Scotland and plans to lower it in other devolved nations, including Wales, and called on his colleagues in the House to unite behind the campaign across the UK.

You can read more about the award on the UK Youth Parliament website, as well as watch the winning contributions in full.

Calling all young people who are passionate about emotional wellbeing and mental health!

Do you want to help Welsh Government to design a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health?  Do you want to have a say in what the best approach should be to make sure support provided in schools actually works for children and young people? If the answer is yes, then please apply to be a part of our Youth Board and download the application form here.

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