Young people need a voice

29 Jun 2017

Young people in this country face a difficult period ahead, both economically and politically. Theresa May's Conservative Party is far from being the party of the young. Apart from some window-dressing policies that ostensibly appear to benefit the young, the Tories offer no real policies that would, in practice, benefit them.


As a country, we need to address the issues head-on, rather than kick them into the long-grass as we prioritise Brexit. The reality is that the Conservative Party has been dodging issues related to young people, but they are not alone in this. 


It is important that, as a country, we address the value of life and other socio-economic  and political problems., especially in the wake of the Grenfell fire. The inequality gap is not a myth, but a harsh reality. We must help close the inequality gap if we want young people to prosper. For whilst politicians will always quote the 'magic money tree' and the finite resources and funds the UK has, the issue here is one of allocation.


Community cohesion and integration is at risk. Hate crime is increasing and the atmosphere is becoming increasingly insecure and culturally isolationist. We need to invest in community projects such as healthy lifestyles and supporting local entrepreneurial spirit.


The inflated prices of houses, combined with the slow creation of homes, is clearly putting young people at a serious disadvantage. We need the continuation of the Help-to-Buy schemes, housing subsidies for first time buyers, and other commitments to ensure houses are genuinely affordable for young people.


Clearly, there are a number of issues young people face. Not all of them will be solved by the government or any other political parties, but they have a duty to provide a platform for the youth, and give them a voice. Politicians of all parties have often under estimated the power and strength of young people. Indeed, during the recent general election, we saw a high number of 18-24 year-olds turning up to vote


Any political system that excludes young people is an unhealthy one. Young people need to be encouraged to participate in politics not just within general elections, but within local, grass-roots politics too. Whilst there has been progress, there is still a long path ahead before the young fully engage in politics. 


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