Extend votes to 16 in Scotland – Girlguiding Scotland

Girlguiding Scotland is today (Wednesday 15 April) backing Youthlink Scotland’s call to lower the voting age to 16.

The call is included in Youthlink Scotland’s Westminster Manifesto, launched in Glasgow today at an event attended by Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Executive Denise Spence and ten young Girlguiding Scotland members.

Denise Spence, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland, said: “As the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland we work hard to encourage our members to play a full and active role in their communities and in our democracy.

“Extending the vote to young people aged 16 and up for future Scottish elections goes a long way to ensuring young people’s voices are heard and counted.”


Notes to editor:

  1. If you would like to speak to Denise Spence or one of the Girlguiding Scotland members who are attending the Youthlink manifesto launch, please contact the Girlguiding Scotland press office.
  2. For more information about Youthlink Scotland’s Westminster Manifesto visit: www.youthlinkscotland.org.
  3. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.