‘Votes at 16’ campaign back on the agenda

Postponed from the November meeting, the motion is back on the agenda for next week’s full council meeting.

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Cllr Geoff Brodie‘s ‘Votes at 16’ motion is back on the agenda at the Isle of Wight council.

Originally tabled to be discussed at the November full council meeting, the motion was postponed.

Proposed by former Deputy Youth MP
The motion came about after Cllr Brodie was approached by former Deputy Youth MP, Will Matthews about getting support for this campaign and readily agreed.

Geoff said,

“The key for me is that young people of 16 & 17 are treated as taxable if in work, but they have no representation.

“There was an American Revolution over ‘No taxation without representation’ more than 200 years ago and it seems bizarre to me that these young people are still unable to vote in the 21st century.”

Will Matthews said,

“I am delighted that Geoff has agreed to table this Motion and I hope that the overwhelming majority of IW Councillors will see that it is only fair that there are Votes at 16 and will support it.”

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If the taxation argument ever did carry weight (personally not convinced), it’s shot with the current set up – you must basically be in education / apprenticeship until you’re 18. With the personal allowance at £11500, I’d be very surprised if there’s a 16 year old on the island paying income tax at all. They are, of course, already exempt from council tax.

‘No taxation without representation’ is a perfectly acceptable premise. Many might think that young people have not had the opportunity to observe the results of voting, nor to experience the styles and policies of the governments that get elected, so should perhaps be spared from voting until 18 (or even 21) by which time they might be better prepared to make a choice. Not that I am… Read more »