Survey targets teenagers

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THE top youth issues in Northumberland have been identified after teenagers from across the county responded to a national survey.

More than 700 ballot papers have been completed by school students in the area as part of the Make Your Mark project, run by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).

They were asked to choose the subjects that are most important to them and the three which received the most votes in Northumberland were cheaper, better and more accessible public transport, preparing young people for work and marriage for all.

Local UKYP members have led the project in the county with help from the Northumberland Youth Service.

County council Eexecutive Member for Children and Young People Lesley Rickerby said: “It’s fantastic to see young people so engaged in thinking of ways to make positive changes in society.

“Collecting more than 700 ballots is very impressive and I’d like to congratulate all those who took part.”

The top five issues nationally will be debated at UKYP’s sitting in the House of Commons on Friday, November 23.

Following the debate, members will vote to decide the national campaign issue of the year.