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Council announces young peoples cabinet

Published Friday, 16 March 2018

Pic: (l-r) Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd; South Lanarkshire Council Leader Councillor John Ross and Communic18 Ambassador Rachael McCully at the launch of the Year of Young People 2018 in South Lanarkshire

Our children and young people have been invited to “join” the council, as part of an initiative to promote local democracy.

At the launch of the area’s Year of Young People events, in Hamilton on 14 March, Council Leader John Ross revealed plans to create a Children and Young People’s Cabinet, whose members will shadow politicians and council officers.

Councillor Ross said the idea was to mentor a new generation of young people as a sign of the council’s commitment to promote engagement in local government.

Cllr Ross said: “The Year of Young People is a fantastic national initiative to celebrate young people and inspire all of Scotland through our children. It aims to give them opportunities to shine locally, nationally and globally.

“Specifically, during the Year of Young People we at the council want to add to the opportunities for young people to learn about, and engage in, the democratic process. That is why we are going to set up a Children and Young People’s Cabinet.
“This will involve young people from across the area coming together to see how the decisions are made that affect their lives, and the lives of every local resident. They will work alongside actual councillors and senior officers as they make those decisions.

“They will shadow our Resource chairs and spokespeople, attend group meetings and cabinet meetings, and they will be able to observe committee and full council meetings too.”

Councillor Ross said the council would develop the scheme in partnership with young people, with a view to starting the scheme after the Summer recess.