Young People

It is really important that the voices of young people are heard at this election. The outcome will determine what kind of future you have.

Over the past year lots of people have responded to Louise's youth survey and she has enjoyed hearing about your generation’s priorities and aspirations for the future.

Louise with Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister with young people earning the minimum wage in Stockton.


Education was the biggest issue mentioned; the opportunities available and particularly the cost such as transport and the increase in tuition fees to £9,000. Finding a good job with a decent wage was also a top priority. Louise has also spoken to many young adults who wonder if they will ever be able to afford to own a home of their own.

Offering young people hope about a better future is one of Labour’s top priorities.

Louise is particularly passionate about making sure there are good jobs for young people on Teesside.

Labour have produced a Young Britain Manifesto based on our nationwide Shape Your Future consultation. It includes policies which address many of the issues raised with Louise.

It reflects Labour's vision for a country where young people are supported in pursuit of a better future. Where no young person is left behind due to low pay, discrimination or a lack of opportunity. A country where the next generation can do better than the last.

Read the full manifesto here. The main points of our plan are listed below.

Labour's better plan for young people:

Labour will:

  • Reduce graduate debt, by cutting tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 and increasing student maintenance grants by £400.
  • Ensure that you do not have to go to university to get on, with a guaranteed high quality apprenticeship for all school-leavers that get the grades.
  • Make work pay, by ending the scandal of lengthy unpaid internships, banning exploitative zero-hours contracts, and raising the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 by October 2019.
  • Invest in the jobs of the future, by working to make Britain a world leader in low carbon technology over the next decade, creating a million additional green jobs.
  • Ensure no young person is left behind, by guaranteeing a paid starter job with training to all those unemployed for more than a year.
  • Tackle rising housing costs, by building more homes, helping first time buyers and legislating for longer and more affordable tenancies in the private rented sector.
  • Strengthen the voice of young people and ensure the issues they face are not marginalised, by giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.

An education and skills system that sets young people up for a career

Labour will:

  • Provide all young people with independent and face-to-face careers advice so that they can make informed choices about work and study.
  • Introduce a new gold standard vocational qualification, the Technical Baccalaureate, for 16 to 18 year olds.
  • Guarantee a high quality apprenticeship to all school-leavers that get the grades.
  • Cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 and introduce new Technical Degrees at university.
  • Guarantee a paid starter job to all young people unemployed for more than a year, and to all those over 25 who are out of work for two years.

Better paid and more secure jobs

Labour will:

  • Raise the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019.
  • Use procurement to promote the Living Wage.
  • Ban exploitative zero-hours contracts.
  • Make it illegal to undercut wages by paying agency workers less than permanent employees.
  • End the scandal of lengthy unpaid internships, by banning unpaid work experience that lasts longer than four weeks.

Secure homes for the next generation

Labour will:

  • Build more homes and give first time buyers priority access to new homes that are built in their area.
  • Legislate for three-year tenancies to give renters security and peace of mind.
  • End excessive rent rises by putting a ceiling on rent increases during the new three-year tenancies.
  • Ban rip-off letting agent fees for tenants.

A tolerant, open and sustainable world

Labour will:

  • Improve mental health services for children and young people and introduce age-appropriate sex and relationship education in schools.
  • Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.
  • Improve citizenship education and opportunities for social action to support young people to fully participate in our democracy.
  • Promote a tolerant and open society, with measures to tackle discrimination and protect the Human Rights Act.
  • Safeguard the world for future generations, by tackling climate change and working to make Britain a world leader in low carbon technology over the next decade, creating a million additional green jobs.

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