Communist Party of Britain

Communists welcome the votes and the voice of young people in this election. These Senedd elections will be the first in which 16- and 17-year-olds (and legally resident foreign nationals) are allowed to vote in Wales, and some 65,000 citizens under 18 are expected to benefit. Votes at 16 has been the policy of the Communist Party since the early 1990s. Young workers and students face growing challenges and they deserve the right to participate in elections more fully. They have already been hit hard by Covid-19. We are living through an epidemic in mental health problems among young people. The unemployment rate for 18-24 year-olds has more than doubled since March 2020 to 14% — one in seven young people. Almost half of young women workers in Wales, and more than a quarter of young men, are in the ‘shut down’ sectors. Scores of thousands could lose their jobs…

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