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Young People: Local Democracy

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps her Department has taken to encourage young people to participate in local democratic decision-making processes. (269452)

My Department is very committed to increasing the participation of young people in the local democratic decision-making processes. I recently announced a £2 million fund to support around 20 new Young Mayor schemes across the country to give more young people aged 11 to 18 a say in their area, as well as experience of voting and decision-making.