Celebration as record number of youth councillors are elected

Celebration as record number of youth councillors are elected

A record 46 young people have been elected to the City of Wolverhampton's Youth Council.

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The Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page celebrates another successful year for the City of Wolverhampton Youth Council with its members.

A record 46 young people have been elected to the City of Wolverhampton’s Youth Council.

The successful candidates – from 19 of the City’s secondary schools and four youth organisations – were officially announced at a special event at Wolverhampton Art Gallery recently which celebrated the Youth Council’s many achievements over the last 12 months.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page said: “The City of Wolverhampton Council is committed to ensuring that our young people are included in the democratic processes and that our services meet their needs, and we welcome the level of challenge and scrutiny that members of our Youth Council provide.”

The event also provided an opportunity to reflect on some of the Youth Council’s recent national achievements, including a record turnout in the recent Make Your Mark vote – the highest in the Midlands – to determine the subjects that Youth MPs Amias Perry and Millie Betteridge spoke about in a debate in the House of Commons during Parliament Week, and former Youth MP Emma Curran’s contribution to the recently published British Youth Council Select Committee report on body image.

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The Youth Council has been incredibly active this year, raising the profile of Wolverhampton’s young people both on a local and national stage, and contributing to the development of services for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

“The crucial role they play was recognised by Ofsted during its positive inspection of our children’s services earlier this year, and I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with our new youth councillors in 2018.”

The youth councillors’ term of office beings in January.

To contact the Youth Council, please call 01902 556002.