The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh and Youth Minister, Mims Davies, has signed the Youth Friendly MP Charter to show her support for young people across her constituency.
The Charter calls on MPs to ensure that they listen to young people, support the development of their skills, help to create opportunities, recognise young talent and ensure young people are treated fairly in the work they do.
Commenting, Eastleigh MP and Minister for Youth Mims Davies said:
“As Eastleigh’s MP I am lucky enough to see the key role that young people in our area play within our community every single week. We have brilliant schools, excellent colleges and fantastic local groups, all helping our young people to reach their full potential.
“I am incredibly proud that 428,000 fewer young people in the UK are out of work since 2010, meaning that more young people are benefitting from a regular wage packet, and the opportunities that this presents.
“Nevertheless, I do recognise that there remain challenges for our young people, particularly in relation to getting a step on the housing ladder. That’s why ahead of the 2017 Budget I proposed changes to stamp duty, and was delighted when the Chancellor took forward my proposal, cutting stamp duty and thereby helping thousands of first-time buyers to buy their first home.
“This Charter is an important marker for MPs to demonstrate how seriously they take our young people, and I was really pleased, as Eastleigh’s local Member of Parliament, to sign it.”
By signing the pledge, the Eastleigh MP will be leading the charge for creating Youth Friendly Communities; communities where every stakeholder (young people, government, educator, employer, parent, and youth group) is working together to create a place where all young people can fulfil their potential.