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Young people in Burnley get a taste of local politics

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Thursday, 13 October, 2016

There were challenging questions, laughs and applause in Burnley Town Hall as young people grilled a panel of council representatives on issues that matter most to them.

More than 30 young people from schools and youth groups across the borough attended an event on Tuesday, 11th October, as part of local democracy week.

Burnley Council leader Cllr Mark Townsend said: “I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of the young people wanting to find out more about what the council does.

“There were some really good questions raised and the event, as one young man admitted, even inspired to him to want to become a councillor.”

Young people asked questions about leisure activities in the borough, community safety, national politics, education and mental health. Many suggested that the voting age should be lowered to the age of sixteen.

The panel was composed of Cllr Townsend, together with the Mayor of Burnley Cllr Jeff Sumner and by the council chief executive Pam Smith.

As well as answering questions, the panel members provided an insight into their job roles and responsibilities and explained how the council operates.

Local Democracy Week is a national initiative, which aims to engage people in local politics and provide an opportunity for them to voice their concerns and make councillors more accessible.

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