The Coalition Government,
My name is Harrison Carter and I represent young people in Sheffield as a member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament. I write to you today on behalf of those young people and others who agree with this message. Young people admit that decisions which affect us cannot take priority over the Coalition’s promise to cut to deficit. However, we want to voice our concern that in doing so, youth issues will be allowed to slip through the cracks. This must not be allowed to happen.
Youth unemployment is something very important to us. Although adults with families to support and mortgages to pay are the main concern, young people must not be ignored. We are the workforce of the future and preparation now will benefit Britain’s economy later. What we need, is a commitment to set up more apprenticeships, training schemes, jobs and internships for the unemployed young.
University education to prepare for when the economy has improved is also important. A qualified, skilled and trained population of young people now, will benefit us all later. Opportunities must be available to make sure young people get the best jobs they can. A pledge for university education that is accessible to all young people is therefore vital.
Political reform and fairness are key promises made by the Coalition and are also important to the Youth Parliament and the young people we represent. Young people deserve to have a say in issues which affect them and we are capable of shouldering this responsibility. We believe that the Coalition’s pledge for participation should not be a false or hollow promise. A promise to consider Votes at 16 as part of this political reform will deliver on that promise.
What we need is a partnership, where our issues are protected hand in hand with your Coalition programme. The things important to us must not slip through the cracks. Young People must not become the new Great Ignored. This will hurt us today and tomorrow. What we need is a more involved, supportive and fair society for young people.
Member of Youth Parliament for Sheffield
Member of Sheffield Youth Council
Co-Media Representative for Yorkshire & Humberside
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Local MPs that support our campaign:
Clive Betts MP for Sheffield South East – “I am more than happy to support your campaign”
Meg Munn MP for Sheffield Heeley – “We as MPs could facilitate you passing this on to someone in government and therefore act to support your initiative”
David Blunkett MP for Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough – “Campaigning against the draconian reductions is certainly in line with our thinking and our policies”