Attleborough students elected to youth council

They are the next generation of politicians and 15 youngsters from Breckland are already taking a seat at the table of power.

They are the next generation of politicians and 15 youngsters from Breckland are already taking a seat at the table of power.

After weeks of manifesto writing and campaigning three young people from each of Breckland's five market towns were elected to the district's new youth council on Friday.

Far from a token gesture, the election saw more than 1,600 young voters between the ages of 11 and 19 participate in an online poll and local politicians have pledged the new youth council will have real teeth.

Working on the principle of power through participation, during their two year tenure the new youth councillors will be given more than just an insight into the workings of local democracy.


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In a unique strategy, designed to ensure the voice of young people is heard loud and clear, members of the youth council will be given a seat on many of Breckland Council's committees and be allowed to speak during debates.

Though other youth council groups exist within Norfolk, the council is the first to be elected and to be treated in such a mature manner.

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Cat Lang, community development officer at Breckland, said other council's around the country were looking at the project with interest.

She said: 'Breckland is certainly the first council in Norfolk to run formal elections to form a youth council.

'In other areas there are youth forums where young people have put themselves forward but none have been elected like this.

'It provides an opportunity for young people to see how the council processes work and take a part in them.'

And it seems Breckland's more mature politicians are more than ready to listen and have their ideas questioned by people who will often be less than half their age.

Elected for Attleborough were: Jordan Bailey, Nathan Jolly and Jordan Sacharczuk.

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