Youth Citizenship Commission

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Terms of Reference

The Commission will focus on young people aged 11-19 and will:

  • Examine what citizenship means to young people
  • Consider how to increase young people’s participation in politics; the development of citizenship amongst disadvantaged groups; how active citizenship can be promoted through volunteering and community engagement; and how the political system can reflect the communication preferences of young people.
  • Lead a consultation with young people on whether the voting age should be lowered to 16.

The Commission will report to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Justice, and the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in spring 2009.

Views can be sent to the YCC mailbox –


  1. Mike Cook says:

    What yet another Commission and what will it deliver – one big mess – Will it change the countrys young people – think twices!

  2. Nick Booth says:

    Mike that is a fair point. Commissions have rarely been the most appropriate mechanism for either enlivening interest in the political or measuring it. Can we/whould we try and make this one different?

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