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Launch an inquiry into how COVID-19 has impacted young people #ForgottenGeneration

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Dear Prime Minister

The devastating Coronavirus crisis has impacted every household, business, school, family and individual, affecting our health, finances, employment, education and social lives.

The deep-rooted effects will last for years to come. A recent report titled ‘The Forgotten Generation: British youth perspective of COVID-19’ which has been spearheaded by My Life My Say and Opinium; reveals that three quarters (73%) of 18 to 24-year-olds in the UK believe that the Coronavirus pandemic has had the biggest impact on them compared to any other social, political or economic event in their lifetime.

The study shows that two-thirds (63%) of young people are already worried about their future prospects. Further statistics highlight that:

  • 52% are concerned about their ability to save;

  • 49% are concerned about their ability to buy a property;

  • Similarly, 42% are worried about losing their jobs, and 48% of renters are worried about paying rent;

  • And, 61% of those who are students or currently unemployed expect that they will struggle to find employment.

It is clear that the economic fallout is going to be long-lasting and far-reaching for this forgotten generation, and over half (57%) are worried about the impact this will have on their mental health, especially black, Asian and minority ethnic young people. With only three in ten (29%) thinking that the government is taking them into account when making decisions relating to this pandemic, we, the undersigned, are therefore calling for the government to:

  1. Launch an inquiry into how COVID-19 has impacted young people aged 16 to 25 years old;

  2. Establish a national youth task force to produce recommendations from the inquiry report;

  3. And, commit to responding to recommendations with policy proposals and a clear timeline for implementation

As we ease lockdown measures, and discussions are being had about our exit strategy, we must remember that the British society relies on young people to rebuild the UK economy - we can no longer ignore the forgotten generation.

Prime Minister, like you, we care about the future of young people across the UK, and on behalf of those young people, we ask you to provide a written response to this urgent matter. My Life My Say would also like to provide you with a platform to speak to young people - we hope you will accept the invitation.

Signed by [you can add your name to this letter on change.org],

Mete Coban MBE, Chief Executive of My Life My Say

James Endersby, Chief Executive of Opinium Research

Gina Martin, Political Campaigner and Writer

Jermain Jackman, Singer and Winner of the Voice UK

Lord Simon Woolley, Founder of Operation Black Vote

Nissy Tee, YouTuber

Swarzy Macaly, Kiss FM Radio Presenter

Lord Simon Woolley, Founder of Operation Black Vote

Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive of National Youth Agency

Nana Badu, Chief Executive of Badu Sports

Joe Levenson, Director of Communications and Campaigns, Young Women's Trust

National Deaf Children’s Society

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Jo Wells, Chief Executive of Blagrave Trust

Rania Marandos, Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve

Dan Lawes, Chief Executive of Youth Politics UK

Ella Robertson, Managing Director of One Young World

Hayley Roffey, Senior Director of Partnerships at the Global Fund for Children

Russell Hobby, Chief Executive of Teach First

Matteo Bergamini, Chief Executive of Shoutout UK

Anisa Morridadi, Chief Executive of Beatfreeks

Larissa Kennedy, NUS President

Sana Amin, Chair of the Youth Advisory Panel and Board Director at Spirit of 2012

Esther Akpovi, Youth and Education Activist

Romilly Swingler, MLMS Young Leader

Manon Margerand-Ferre, MLMS Young Leader

Abdi Duale, Communications Officer for a Social Housing provider in South London

Joao Costa, MLMS Young Leader

Sofie Mawdsley-Smith, MLMS Young Leader

Sara Filip, MLMS Young Leader

Caitlin Marie-Toal, MLMS Young Leader

JJ Tatten, General Manager of the Warren Hull Project

Amanda Chetwyn Cowieson, Chair of the British Youth Council

Alvin Ross-Carpio, Human Rights Campaigner

Liam Martin-Lee, Youth Activist

James Cathcart, Founder and Director of Young Voices Heard

Dr Martin Edobor, Vice-Chair of the Fabians Society

Adam Alnutt, Chair of the Young Fabians Society

Dr Sonia Adesara, Medical Doctor and Activist

Patrick Vernon OBE, Social commentator and Cultural historian

Omar Salha, Founder and Chief Executive of the Ramadan Tent Project

Lord David Triesman, Crossbench Peer and My Life My Say Trustee

Kabir Khan, Chief Executive of Gametime Leaders

Lennox Ohemeng-Antwi, My Life My Say Trustee

Ana Djú, Co-founder Djú & Có

Areeq Chowdhury, Founder and Chief Executive of Webroots Democracy

Jemima Lovatt, Founder of Thrive & Founding Team at SpareHand

Jovan Nepaul, Youth Activist

Sharon Adebola, MLMS Young Leader

Sharon Long, Chief Executive of Partnership for Young Londoners

Zamzam Ibrahim, Former NUS President

Shakira Martin, Former NUS President

Meg Zeenat Wamithi, Chief Executive of My Mind Matters Too

Nasra Ayub, Outreach worker for Integrate UK

Hasan Patel, Youth Activist

Tommy Shaw, Youth Activist

Arya Babollah, Youth Activist

Kira Charlton, Youth Activist

Caitlin Marie-Toal, Youth Activist

Praful Nagrand, Chief Executive of Create Fertility

Serena Johnson, Chief Executive of Conscious Youth

Aliyah York, Founder of Pupil Power

Furqan Naeem, Campaigner and Community Organiser Citizens UK Manchester

Aimee Hadwin, MLMS Young Leader

Kenny Imafidon, Chief Executive of Clearview Research

Alexandra Bulat, Chair of Young Europeans - The 3 Million Campaign

Tele Lawal, Councillor in the London Borough of Havering

Princess Bright, Councillor in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Vanisha Solanki, Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge

Minhaz Abedin, Chief Executive of Future Talent - Inspiring Young Musicians

Harriet Andrews, Founder and Chief Executive of the Politics Project

Meg Ellis, Founding member of iWeigh

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