99% Campaign Blog Relaunch

99% Campaign Blog Relaunch

Following on from a successful first year of the 99% Campaign Blog, we believed it was time for a relaunch. Yes ladies and gentlemen, that means a complete new look for the blog and new content in addition to our regular articles by our wonderful young journalists! We will have a new regular feature called ‘Two Minutes With…’ where we interview young (16-24) London volunteers every fortnight. If you would like to be a part of this new feature, either being interviewed or becoming an interviewer you can send your ideas to: sprospere@iars.org.uk. Also we are looking for any creative volunteers who have photographic or artistic skills so please feel free to contribute to the blog by sending your ideas to either: 99percentcampaign@iars.org.uk or ToluOnafowokan@iars.org.uk. So have a look at the new website on Friday 1st February which is this week! And let us know what you think. Have a good...
A day at the Houses of Parliament: the UK Youth Parliament Annual Debate

A day at the Houses of Parliament: the UK Youth Parliament Annual Debate

For 307 Members of the UK Youth Parliament Friday 23 November 2012 will be marked up as a day they will never forget. The UK Youth Parliament held their annual debate at the House of Commons chamber. Members of the UK Youth Parliament aged 11-18 debated five crucial issues chosen by a ballot of 250,000 young people before voting for the campaign they wanted to become the Youth Parliament’s main campaign for 2013. The day was eventful, electric and vibrant. It was an event never to be forgotten and never to be overlooked. Stefania: The five topics discussed in the five debates were: ‘Making public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all’, ‘Getting ready for work’, ‘Marriage for all’, ‘An equal national minimum wage for all’ and ‘A curriculum to prepare us for life’. For each debate, there were two speakers representing two opposite positions-for and against-. After each speech, young members of the parliament had either the right to defend, support or argue against each issue. I was there from the early morning with my fellow 99% blogger, Ruth. We were both excited as it was the first time we entered the Houses of Parliament! After having a nice breakfast at the Westminster Hall – choosing from a massive buffet of delicious treats- we made our way to the House of Commons chamber, where the Members of Youth Parliament would debate. After seating at the gallery reserved for the media, we decided that Ruth would cover the ‘against’ views and I would focus on the ‘for’ arguments in each debate. “Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for...
The Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan

The Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan

After becoming appointed Police Commissioner in January 2012, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has drafted an Police and Crime Plan which has set out to reduce crime within London for the next four years. In which it explains how the Metropolitan Police Service and other agencies can successfully handle crime in the capital. Starting at 6pm tonight in Electric Brixton, Lambeth the first of various public consultation meetings will be held. Senior Metropolitan Police officers and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh will be answering questions and discussing current issues affecting the public in relation to police policy. The consultation runs from 9th January 2013 – 28th February 2013, in which the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) will be hosting meetings for every London borough. The final plan will be published in April 2013. This is a great opportunity for local Londoners especially young people to have their opinions and views heard on the future of their community. If you would like more information have a look on the London.Gov.uk website where you can register yourself for an event in your local area here:...