Young People’s Council members to be sworn in
Published on Monday, March 19, 2018
NEWLY-ELECTED members of Leicester’s Young People’s Council (YPC) will be sworn in at a special event later this week.
The recent YPC election covered the whole city, with young people aged 11-19 voting at schools, colleges and youth centres across Leicester.
Candidates – also aged 11-19 – stood to represent neighbourhoods where they live, attend college or go to a youth centre.
They also held hustings, where they discussed issues that matter to them, including child poverty, crime and safety, the ‘youth voice’, political education, young people’s mental health, bullying and hate crime.
The swearing-in event will take place in the council chamber at Leicester’s Town Hall on Friday (23 March), shortly after the final votes have been counted and verified.
All new members of the Young People’s Council will take an oath of office and sign a certificate.
Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “These young people care passionately about local issues and want to be a part of democracy. It’s great to see such enthusiasm and commitment.
“I look forward to working closely with the new Young People’s Council to help ensure that their voices are heard in local government, and I congratulate all the dedicated young people who have been elected.”
Leicester’s youth council elections are held every two years. Last time around, in 2016, they attracted 11,000 votes from young people.
As well as elected members, the Young People’s Council is also made up of representatives co-opted from groups representing children in care, disabled children and young carers, to ensure their voices are heard.
YPC members meet regularly to discuss decisions the city council is due to make. Their views are fed into the council’s scrutiny process, helping to shape local decision-making.