Government needs to get real on youth issues

Young people are repeatedly blocked out of education and locked out of services that support them. We have a political system not fit for purpose and no mechanism to teach and support young people with how to access it, meaning their voices are not heard and politicians do not take their views seriously.

The future for young people is looking bleaker and bleaker, whether it’s being able to afford the rising costs attached to studying in both further and higher education or finding work that doesn’t exploit them, times are tough for an entire generation.

We are asking students to take action highlighting the different issues young people face accessing education and engaging in civil society.

How are students and young people affected?

There are plenty of issues that are having an impact on young people, from being able to access affordable transport or being able to get information about sex and relationships. Lots of these issues, if not tackled, will have wider social implications as an entire generation gets left behind:

  • Savage cuts to Youth Service provision
  • Rising prices of public transport
  • Not enough comprehensive Citizenship or Sex and Relationship advice taught across Levels 2, 3 and 4 schools and colleges
  • Young people locked out of the democratic process between 16 and 17
  • Patchy and disparate Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) no longer existing for further education students.

What you can do

  • Write an email or letter to your local electoral candidates outlining your concerns below
  • Hold your own youth issues stunt. Download our Youth Issues Campaign Toolkit and get some ideas of how to hold stunts showing how young people are blocked out of education and services that support them
  • Add how much you spend on transport to our Transport Totaliser on Facebook
  • Get in touch with your local students’ union and see how you can get involved in their campaigns on education funding
  • Show your support on social media using #GenerationVote
  • Register to vote to make your voice heard on education funding!
  • Get in touch with campaigns@nus.org.uk for more info.

And remember to register to vote and make students’ voices heard at the ballot box!