CROSS-PARTY SUPPORT FOR INTRODUCTION OF A YOUTH COUNCIL FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Lib Dem proposals to give Gloucestershire’s children and young people more of a say were unanimously agreed by county councillors yesterday.
At a meeting of the full council, Paul Hodgkinson, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, proposed a motion calling for the creation of a youth council, which was supported by all councillors.
The council agreed to talk to other public sector bodies in the county, including district councils, the police and NHS to look at setting up a Youth Council to give young people a voice in issues across the county.
Cllr Hodgkinson said: “We all know how youth councils can benefit those involved, however I am also excited to hear our county’s talented young people provide fresh ideas to some of Gloucestershire’s most challenging issues, such as retaining and attracting the young adults that are critical for the county’s economic viability.”
Hanna Doherty, 17, a student at Farmor’s School in Fairford and a member of the Youth Parliament for the Cotswolds and Stroud, said: “I’ve been a member of the UK Youth Parliament since I was 14 and have really valued the experience. Introducing a youth council in Gloucestershire will allow young people in Gloucestershire to debate the issues that are most important to them.”
The county council agreed to work with Leadership Gloucestershire to establish a youth council to give young people a voice on the issues that affect them across Gloucestershire, irrespective of which body is responsible for those services.