Votes at 16 call by Scottish Government.The Scottish Government has called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 and demanded the powers from Westminster to implement the change in Scotland.

This would give 131,000 16- and 17-year olds in Scotland the vote.

Bruce Crawford MSP, the SNP Minister for Parliament said: “It is the responsibility of us all to get young people interested in the democratic process“.

While 16-year olds can pay taxes, get married or serve in the armed forces, they effectively have to bite their lip when it comes to decisions that will affect them.”

He added: “As with so much of Scotland’s electoral legislation, reducing the voting age is a matter reserved to Westminster. I can see no good reason why the voting age for elections in Scotland should not be decided in Scotland by our own democratically elected parliament, representing the people of Scotland.”

They also promised a bill bringing forward direct elections to health boards in Scotland, which would include votes of 16-year olds upwards.