SDYC Local Democracy Focus Group
Stroud District Youth Council have a dedicated member led Local Democracy Focus Group which undertakes specific issue based work on young peoples involvement with local democracy.
The work of Stroud District Youth Council’s (SDYC) dedicated focus group throughout 2014 and 2015 came to fruition in the form of a consultation report on the issue of local democracy published in February 2016. The report highlights a number of important issues of interest for organisations and agencies involved with young peoples’ engagement in the political process. The consultation of over 400 young people found there is an overwhelming support for an improvement to political education, alongside the lowering of the voting age to 16 years. The report also highlights that many young people would like further opportunity to become engaged in the decision making processes on issues that affect them, because they have a right and a responsibility to impact positively on their future. SDYC’s work on these issues will continue through the mandate to support the national campaign to reduce the voting age to 16 and the need to improve political education in schools.