Barnsley teenagers have their say in national Youth Parliament ballot

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Over 11,000 young people in Barnsley voted on issues to be discussed in the UK Youth Parliament next week as part of the annual Make Your Mark ballot.

The turnout in secondary schools and colleges was over 48 per cent, the 17th highest figure nationally.

The ballot was promoted by the town’s youth councillors who took part in a number of assemblies.

The top three issuse chosen were backing a living wage for young people of £7.65 an hour, better access to work experience and bringing back re-sits in English and maths exams.

The debate will be held in the House of Commons on Friday November 14.

Across the country 865,000 votes were cast by 11 to 18-year-olds. The figure marks an 81 per cent increase on votes cast in 2013.