Vale Council Cabinet advise youngsters before first Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor elections


Published Tuesday 18 March 2014


The Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet have met with the Vale Youth Forum (VYF) to advise its members in preparation for the council’s first Youth Cabinet  and Youth Mayor elections.


Cabinet-with-young-peopleCabinet members, including the Leader of the council Neil Moore, participated in a ‘Cabinet Carousel’ question and answer session with the VYF members.  All the Cabinet members spent time with groups of the youngsters, sharing their expertise and knowledge of local government politics.


The discussions were part of the final stage of training for the VYF members to prepare them to stand in the elections, due to take place at the end of March.


The new Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor will give young people a real voice on issues under consideration by the Council’s Cabinet, Scrutiny Committees and Full Council. Youth Cabinet Members will work directly with Cabinet Members on the Council and will contribute to consultations across Council services.


Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Chris Elmore, said: “When we formed the administration in 2012 we made a very clear commitment to ensure that young people would have a voice on issues across the Council, so I’m delighted to see the Youth Cabinet and Youth Mayor elections are now to be held at the end of this month. It is vital that young people have a real say on issues not just linked to young people but across council services.”


The  VYF is a group of young people aged 11-25 whose aim is to voice the opinions of young people and address the issues that affect them in their communities. 


The VYF has undergone a successful recruitment period since local democracy week in October 2013 and is representative of a variety of schools, youth organisations and youth groups from across the Vale of Glamorgan.