Policy areas

At the hackathon the young participants were set the task to come up with 5 questions to put to local MPs in The Black Country. Our ‘Youth Hackers’ debated a range of issues that affect young people in the Dudley area and then form a question from the points raised - the four policy areas young people discussed were.


According to the Crime and Justice Survey, 35 per cent of 10- to 15-year-olds said they had been victims of crime, compared with 32 per cent of 16- to 25-year-olds.


This year, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain, analysis from housing charity Shelter suggests. It is a rise of 13,000, or 4%, on last year's figures and equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every day.

Youth unemployment

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.5% in November 2018 to January 2019. This is up slightly from 11.4% in the previous quarter, but down from 12.3% a year ago.


14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. This is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million live in families where at least one person is in work

As young people sometimes we need to force our MPs to listen to us, we have the power to influence decisions in the Dudley area and we should hold them accountable at every turn.
— #DemJam participant


The first #DemJam 2018 held in Dudley

At the end of 2018 New Union teamed up with Dudley Council’s Youth Service to hold the first #DemJam hackathon held at Dudley Council Town Hall. Here, young people who live in Dudley came together to formulate questions they will put to local MPs during Parliament Week 2018.

The event was run a hackathon held in chambers that allowed young people to discuss youth democracy issues in a safe space, covering mental health, crime and homeless in Dudley. Young people debated issues that are important to them and reflecting on their own experiences of living in Dudley, all debate was organic from the young participants and not driven by event facilitators.

Below you can see all the youth debate from the day.

View all the talking points from the Dudley #DemJam


Fome time to time we'll add free tools you can use in your sessions such as workshop plans and toolkits

Download: Workshop - Making a campaign video for Youth Parliament (Powerpoint)