Do 16 year olds have the right to vote?
Should you be able to vote at 16 if you can get married, pay taxes or join the army at the same age? Are politicians losing future voters and encouraging apathy by not giving 16 & 17 year olds a vote?
about 2 years ago
I saw someone put on Facebook that "you can have sex with an MP two years before you can even vote for him/her". Where's the sense in that?
One the one hand, a lot of 16 year olds are complete muppets, but then a lot of over 18 year olds are complete muppets too, and they can vote, so I kind of think why not?
If 16 year olds are deemed by society to be responsible enough to work full time, live on their own, get married, etc, then putting a cross next to a name on a bit of paper shouldn't be too chalenging.
Have you seen that Bremen in Germany is allowing 16 year olds to vote in a state election for the first time?
great new everyone !
For lots of students, EMA is the difference between staying in education and dropping out - a Guardian survey shows that 7 in 10 16-18 year olds from poor family say they'd drop out without it.
Tomorrow, the NUS will lobby Parliament as MPs vote on this massively contraversial issue. Will you be there?
over 2 years ago
I agree with both comments. Like Sonali said, EMA was pretty much a lifeline for both my sisters and myself and it paid for my food and travel costs to go to college (transports wasn't free back then!!) I'm seriously concerned that without it, my younger brother won't see the point in putting himself through a part time job just to then take a loan and spend even more money on unviersity fees (my... Read more
Hey Philip when you say the government should be more vocal about what it plans to replace EMA funding with - are there actually any plans to replace it?
Hey, to be honest I'm not too sure, I thought there was speculation that they would use at least some of the EMA money as scholarships or something that would encourage YP from low income backgrounds to stay in further education.
Hi Philip - The plan is to replace EMA with an enhanced discretionary learner support fund which will be managed by schools, colleges and training providers. The Department for Education is holding consultations with school, college and training organisation representatives to develop the arrangements but the funding is significantly less than it was for EMA. Look here for more info http://tinyurl... Read more
With 20.3% 16-24 year olds unemployed, total unemployemt at an all time high of over 2.5 million, the EMA scrapped and tuition fees potentially rising to £9,000, what are you doing to combat all of these hurdles?
Do you use your spare time to volunteer in order to give yourself a break from the horrid task of applying for jobs or as a tool to add to your CV.
How are you directly affected by the... Read more
over 2 years ago
So according to a new survey that was conducted by the children's charity Barnardos, almost half of britons believe that children/young people were becoming "feral" and that they are "angry, violent and abusive". One in four (25 per cent) of those that were polled think that children who behave badly or anti-socially are beyond help by the age of 10.
How does it make you feel knowing that adults... Read more
over 1 year ago