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Ballot boxes open for Young People’s Council vote

Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

BALLOT boxes are now open at city schools, colleges, youth clubs and community venues across the city, as young people prepare to elect a new Young People’s Council (YPC) for Leicester.

The YPC, which has 36 seats, represents the views of young people from across the city, including children in care and disabled young people. It forms part of the council’s scrutiny process, ensuring young people aged 11-19 get the chance to participate in local decision-making.

YPC members serve a two-year term of office and meet regularly to discuss decisions Leicester City Council is due to make. Young people can stand for election in the neighbourhood they live in, or where they go to school or attend a youth centre.

The current YPC has been involved in some hugely successful work, including developing films on the dangers of knife crime and telling world leaders what sort of issues they’d like to see discussed at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

Last time around, in 2016, the YPC elections attracted 11,000 votes from young people.

The voting period runs until 16th March with ballot boxes available at several different venues between now and then. For a full list of where and when you can vote, search YPC election at

Candidates will also be able to address potential voters at a hustings event on Wednesday 7 March. Chaired by Cllr Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, the event will take place at 5.30pm at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, and will broadcast live on

It is open to any young person who would like to find out more about the YPC candidates.

Voting is open to anyone aged 11-19 who lives, studies or goes to a youth club in Leicester.

Successful candidates will be sworn in at a special event at Leicester’s Council Chamber on 23 March.