Council calls for youth candidates

Northumberland County Council.
Northumberland County Council.

Young people in Northumberland are being encouraged to put themselves forward to represent their peers in the Youth Parliament and Youth Cabinet elections.

Anyone aged 13-19 and attending school in Northumberland can nominate themselves as a candidate to stand on campaigns that would benefit young people.

There are two places available in the Northumberland Youth Parliament, which represents the county on a regional and national platform and brings attention to issues affecting young people.

Northumberland Youth Cabinet has five openings for members with a passion for bringing about social change.

The cabinet represents young people’s views within the council and county, and has the ability to suggest policy changes to key decision makers and ways in which the council can work better for young people.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Coun Robert Arckless, said, “It’s fantastic to see young people standing for what they believe in and being active members of their community.

“Taking part in the Youth Parliament and Cabinet schemes develops young people’s skills and empowers them over decisions that affect themselves and their peers. I wish all of the candidates good luck on polling day.”

Candidate nominations are open from now until noon on October 23, before polling day on December 20, with the count and result taking place the next day.

Winning candidates will be announced from 4.30pm at County Hall in Morpeth.

For more information about the elections, contact Andrew Elliott on (01670) 620320.