MENTAL health and discrimination are some of the key issues affecting young people across the borough, according to a poll held by the youth council.

 

Barnsley Council's Youth Voice and Participation team took part in Make your Mark - the largest national youth consultation of its kind.

 

More than 4,000 young people from across the borough voted on issues that affect them, which placed Barnsley fourth nationally for the amount of votes cast.

 

The top three issues voted for by young people from across the borough were: mental health, drugs, and discrimination.

 

The group from Barnsley aided the consultation to set three priorities for young people for the year ahead which were: free university, mental health support, and tackling climate change.

 

Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for children, said: "It's fantastic that Barnsley placed fourth nationally in the number of votes cast, showing that young people across our borough are determined to have their say and make a change."

 

"Both across Barnsley and across the country, it's important that everyone has the opportunity to make their voices heard. The Make Your Mark ballot is a great way for young people to contribute their views on important issues and priorities."