Posted: 22 May 2017

Packed full of facts for the general election

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Since Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and called a ‘snap’ election for 8 June, all our plans have changed. No longer are we influencing on legislation, meeting with Members of Parliament and submitting evidence to Government inquiries. Rather we are making sure children’s issues are pushed up the political agenda and are central to the election debate.

Ahead of the election, we want all candidates to understand the big issues affecting children and young people in their area and to know, if elected, what they can do to make a difference.

Candidates in the general election count every vote – they know the number of eligible voters in their area and how many are needed to vote for them to win the seat. But, do they know the number of children under 18 in their patch?  Do they know the number of children known to children’s services because of abuse and neglect in the area or how many children are living in poverty?

It’s time to make sure they do.

Our ever-popular local packs are back! 

We’ll be sending local packs to all candidates, which include vital statistics for each constituency and a recommendation for change under each statistic to improve the lives of children and young people.

The voice of young people can often be quietest to hear, particularly during an election campaign. We want to ensure that all candidates are equipped with the knowledge of their youngest constituents so their issues are firmly on the agenda.

Help make sure supporting children and young people is central to the election debate

What you can do

At election time people power really matters. Every candidate will be canvassing for votes, asking people what they care most about and outlining the national and local priorities for their respective parties.

We need your help to make sure the issues of children and young people are pushed up the political agenda and are central to the election debate.

Sharing these packs with your local candidates will help us make sure they put children and young people at the heart of their campaign.

To use our map, either:

  • Click on your constituency
  • Search the map by postcode to focus on your constituency, and click

...a pop-up window will appear, enabling you to read your local pack.

By Lucy Dacey - Programme staff
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