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LGA TELLS YOUTH: COUNSEL YOUR COUNCIL FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK

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Young people will be taking their local councils to task when more than 280 town halls throw open their doors durin...
Young people will be taking their local councils to task when more than 280 town halls throw open their doors during LGA's Local Democracy Week (September 13-18 1999).

Youngsters will give their views on services from parks and playgrounds and libraries and leisure centres when they are invited to take tea with the mayor, spend a day working with council staff and take part in committee meetings.

In return, councillors will go into schools to hold conferences, set up youth forums and speak at morning assemblies.

LGA chairman Jeremy Beecham said: `Young people need to know it is the council which delivers the services they use everyday.

`Too often the views and needs of the younger generation are ignored - but they have a voice and we are listening.'

The rest of the community can have its say on their council's performance when officers and elected members face tough questioning in town hall debates, local radio phone-ins and on-line chat rooms.

Events available for media coverage include:

- launch of week by local government minister Hilary Armstrong at Camden town hall

- youth debate in Plymouth on genetically modified food

- work experience for youngsters at Birmingham Council

- four town criers launching a survey of 70,000 households in seven Norfolk councils

- young people from Gloucester drawing up the council's youth budget

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