young people

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Petition to UK Parliament

Lower The Working Age To 16

Hey there reader. What I am trying to achieve today is to lower the working age in the UK. The reason I am trying to achieve this is due to the lack of attention shown to younger people in the workplace. My main motive of this is to lower the amount of illegal activity in the young adult age category (16-18). This could even lower the crime rate of people older but the main focus is on 16-18 year olds. I am aware that it is UK law to be in education until the age of 18 but it’s time to stop living in a dream world and face reality. College or sixth form doesn’t work for everyone and there is a huge portion of people that are not part of anything and instead they sit at home or turn to crime; drug dealing, vehicle theft, gang violence and much, much more! Yes you can get work at 16 or 17 but it is very difficult. It is far easier to go out and sell drugs or other illegal products. I have done a lot of research into the problem and it steams from the lack of employment for their age. Yes you can work at 16 and 17 but for very little money and the youth of today finds it much more attractive to go and sell drugs for 2 hours and get paid the same amount as someone who goes out and works for 8 hours a day. The biggest kicker by far is insurance for jobs. Whether it be vehicle or health insurance. You can’t find work. Frankly it’s disgusting the way that the government discards young people’s ability to work the same as a adult. So please, help me reach my goal and get this petition to parliament by signing, it’s free and can help your children and there kids for generations to come. Thank you for reading and please share this via social media if you have the time. I have many more plans to help bring equally to the young people of this country in the future but let’s take it one step at a time. After all the kids of today are the adults of the future.

Tyler Gauntlett
16 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to UK Parliament

End the age wage gap for young people

At the age of 16, you can have children, live by yourself, get married, join the army, and you must pay adult fees for public transport. However, if you are between the ages of 16-18, you are paid a minimum wage of £4 an hour, whilst at the age of 18 the minimum wage is £5.55 - over 38% higher (21-25 year olds would get £6.95 and people over 25 would get £7.20). Considering the increased costs students are now expected to pay, particularly if they want to go to university, this seems a disproportionate difference. Your age is just as changeable as your gender, ethnicity or sexuality and fundamentally people should get the same pay for the same work. Contacting my MP, I got the ever-helpful response that the gap was to both encourage employers to employ young people, and to disincentivise young people from working whilst still in school. From my experience as a 17-year old, all I have noticed is that my friends are being asked to do more and more hours than their adult colleagues whilst still at school, simply to cut costs. I feel the age pay gap is one that is often forgotten, despite its scale. I realised its full extent after getting my weekend job at a local supermarket; to earn the same amount as my 18 year old friends I would need to work an extra 4 hours every weekend on top of the 14 I am currently doing. The inequality in wages is clear, and I feel it is one that should be addressed in parliament. Other pay gaps are illegal, while this one is enforced by the law. If you agree, please share this message and sign to bring it to parliament's attention.

Cathy Olphin
45 supporters