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.
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