Research has found that young people in England are less satisfied about their local area than other age groups but not speaking up on it. Challenge these statistics by taking part in three different ways to link up with your local politicians today.

The UK Government has released survey data on people’s views in England on influencing decisions.

local signpostsKey statistics on young people from the Citizenship Survey report include:trailer movie Fist Fight 2017

• 18% of 16-24 year olds not satisfied with their local area (82% told the Citizenship survey they were satisfied). They are more dissatisfied than other age groups – only 10% of over 65s were not satisfied (90% were satisfied)

• Two out of ten, 20%, of young people aged 16 to 25 years-old had taken part in ‘civic participation’ activities such as contacting an elected representative, taking part in a public demonstration or protest, or signing a petition

• 11% of 16 to 25 year-olds have taken part in consultation about local services or issues

• Only 6% of 16 to 25 year-olds have been ‘civic activists’, and have been directly involved in decision-making about local services or issues, or have taken on a role such as a local councillor, school governor or magistrate.

This follows research by the Hansard Society which found that only 28% of 16 to 24 year-olds feel that they know how things work locally in their area but 41% want to be very or fairly involved in local decision-making.

Want to change these figures? Interested in getting more involved in your local democracy? Take three actions today:

1. Check out the chance to gain an accredited award if you already volunteer as a youth representative or want to shadow your local councillor.

2. Both national and local elections also took place on 5 May. You can contact your new Councillors, MSPs, or Northern Ireland and Welsh AMs for free here: http://www.writetothem.com/ Why not write to them telling them that you support Votes at 16 and asking them to join us on http://www.votesat16.org/our-supporters/? Find guides to lobby your elected representatives here.

3. Send a fully personalised email to your MP to ask them to support Votes at 16 with a few clicks of your mouse here.