On March 3rd and 4th 2018, the Scottish Youth Parliament will come together for a National Sitting. 

Dumfries and Galloway's four elected representatives (MSYPs):

Emma Currie & Neal McCulloch (Galloway & West Dumfries)

Derry Moore & Emily Davies (Dumfriesshire)

The MSYPs want to know from YOU whether or not you agree, disagree or are unsure on the following statements that are going to be debated this weekend. 

MSYPs are elected to represent you, so share your views and they'll vote for you at the National Sitting. 

This will take no more than 5 minutes to complete and will close on Friday March 2rd at midnight. 

* 1. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that it should be mandatory for local or central government to subsidise the cost of UCAS applications for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.’

* 2. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all citizens should be provided with a guaranteed minimum of income support to ensure that no individual faces financial hardship; and therefore supports the principles of Universal Basic Income to ensure all citizens, no matter what their circumstances, are able to live with dignity and economic security.’

* 3. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the increased centralisation of our healthcare system is resulting in the closure of some local wards and hospitals, and that this could have a negative impact on young people and other hospital users.’

* 4. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that teachers should receive specific training on how to tackle homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in schools.’

* 5. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the work of organisations like “Abused Men in Scotland” (AMIS); and believes that there should be increased assistance to male victims of domestic abuse.’

* 6. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament is concerned about the prevalence of product marketing to children and young people which continues to align with gender stereotypes; and calls on all companies to stop reinforcing these potentially harmful stereotypes in the way they market products.’

* 7. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be a greater awareness that children and young people growing up in Scotland’s care system are at a greater risk of poor mental health outcomes than the wider population. The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland should work with relevant organisations to ensure that the needs of these young people are being met with accessible, sustainable and high quality mental health services.’

* 8. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Religious Education and school assemblies in non-denominational secondary schools should include material from a variety of different belief systems in order to help promote and teach pupils about these and their cultural traditions.’

* 9. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament fully supports the work of Education Scotland's Young Ambassadors for Inclusion in working to ensure inclusive education is available for every young person in Scotland.’

* 10. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that no one should be denied access to lease a property by a private landlord on the basis they receive housing benefit; and urges the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament to consider what action can be taken to tackle this discriminatory approach in order to protect the right to property.’

* 11. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should be taught about, and empowered to stand up for, their human rights through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) or its equivalent in the curriculum.’

* 12. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that ScotRail 16 - 25 discount railcards should be made available to all of Scotland's young people at no cost.’

* 13. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that high quality, robust training on how to identify and support young people experiencing mental health difficulties should be a mandatory component of teacher training.’

* 14. ‘The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that welfare applicants have the right to independent advocacy, and advocacy organisations should receive adequate funding to fulfil the rights of applicants.’

Thank you for completing this survey, if you have any questions or want to know about SYP in D&G, search @DGSYP on Facebook.