NEWS7 July 2020

Government launches under-25s Instagram polling tool

Covid-19 News Public Sector UK

UK – The UK government has launched a digital tool on Instagram to poll 13-25 year-olds about policy and decision-making.

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The Involved Instagram page will ask young people questions through the app’s polling and stories functions, and responses will be used in public consultations and policy making across government.

Involved will be managed by the British Youth Council with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and has been designed with support from a group of 30 young people aged between 15 and 24.

The tool will be used over the next few weeks to get insight into how Covid-19 has affected young people’s lives across the UK, including on topics such as social distancing measures, information on the virus and what extra help people require from government.

Baroness Barran, minister for civil society, said: “Young people often feel like it is hard to get their voices heard. Involved will give them an easy way to contribute their views on issues that matter to them, helping our decisions as ministers to reflect these better.”