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Should you be able to vote at 16?

Photograph: British Youth Council

I cannot help but think the age limit should be revised to 16, let’s get some perspective here and take a look at what you can currently do aged 16, you can:

  • Get married or register a civil partnership with consent
  • Drive a moped or invalid carriage
  • You can consent to sexual activity with others aged 16 and over
  • Drink wine/beer with a meal if accompanied by someone over 18
  • Get a National Insurance number
  • Join a trade union
  • Work full-time if you have left school
  • Be paid national minimum wage for 16/17-year-olds
  • Join the Armed Forces with parental consent
  • Change name by deed poll
  • Leave home with or without parental consent
  • In certain circumstances you must pay for prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests
  • Choose a GP
  • Consent to medical treatment
  • Buy premium bonds
  • Pilot a glider
  • Buy a lottery ticket
  • Register as a blood donor, but you won’t be called to give blood until you’re 17
  • Apply for a passport without parental consent

I have to admit I was very surprised that a 16-year-old can drink alcohol legally, that was something that took me back. I would have bet my life on it (you learn something new every day, even if it is not to bet your life on anything)!

Photograph: www.anneliesedoddsmep.uk

I met my wife at the age of 15. We now have children and have since had laws implemented in this country from decisions dating back to our young adulthood.

Give them a voice and drop the age to 16.

For more information about the British Youth Council campaign click here.

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Lee Rayment, Executive Editor of Charity Today News.