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33. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to young people’s mental health issues the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

fund compulsory, permanent mental health support liaison officers in every school, increase and ring-fence funding for CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and better support for the transition into adult mental health services.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 1.96% Disagree 3.92% Agree 34.31% Strongly agree 59.80% Total votes 102

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34. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to affordable and quality housing the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

work with councils and other stakeholders, including tenant associations (such as Living Rent), to implement rent caps across the country, give all young people entitlement to affordable social housing, simplify the information available to young people about welfare support for housing, strictly enforce rules for landlords including housing associations, to maintain good quality repair of housing, and make buying property more accessible.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 1.96% Disagree 1.96% Agree 46.08% Strongly agree 50.00% Total votes 102

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35.The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to young people's unemployment and underemployment the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

create more apprenticeships and increase apprentice wages, guarantee further opportunities at the end of college training courses and apprenticeships, including through employer incentives, and create an apprenticeship database for employers to find qualified young people.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.00% Disagree 0.98% Agree 38.24% Strongly agree 60.78% Total votes 102

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36. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of poverty the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

raise the minimum wage for young people aged 16–24 to a national living wage.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.00% Disagree 10.78% Agree 38.24% Strongly agree 50.98% Total votes 102

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37. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to young people’s health and wellbeing the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

invest in and provide opportunities for all young people to access extra-curricular activities, including sports and the arts, with support and guidance for young people to pursue opportunities that are right for them.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.98% Disagree 8.82% Agree 38.24% Strongly agree 51.96% Total votes 102

 

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