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Cost of living: impact on young people’s health and wellbeing inquiry 2023

Health and wellbeing was voted as the top issue in the Make Your Mark ballot  consulting almost half a million young people.

As part of the inquiry the Committee will look at issues including: 

  • To what extent has young people’s mental health been affected by the rise in the cost of living?  
  • Is everyone who needs free school meals getting them? Are eligibility requirements fair and suitable?  
  • What recommendations should be made to the government to help young people with the cost of living?  

Read the full terms of reference here. 

Watch the evidence sessions 

Evidence sessions will take place on 15 and 22 September. These sessions will be shown live on Parliament Live.  

What is the YSC? 

The Youth Select Committee (YSC) is a British Youth Council initiative, supported by the House of Commons, which takes evidence in public and has its proceedings televised and recorded in Hansard. 
The 12 committee members are aged 14-18 and include Members of the UK Youth Parliament, Youth Councillors and representatives from each of the devolved nations. The YSC receives induction training and mentoring from parliamentary Clerks and British Youth Council staff. 

Look at past inquiries 


In 2019 the YSC conducted an inquiry on the topic of knife crime.  


In 2018 the YSC conducted an inquiry on the topic of Work Experience.


In 2017 the YSC conducted an inquiry focusing on the topic of Body Image.

Further information

British Youth Council: Youth Select Committee