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Push to get young involved in politics

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The Local Government Association (LGA) launched Local Democracy Week by issuing new guides to increase the number of young people who get involved in politics.

The guides have been sent to every council and secondary school in the country.

The Local Democracy Campaign is aimed to get young people more involved with, and more aware of, their local council.

Les Lawrence, chairman of the Children & Young People board, said: "Young people are very involved in single-issue politics, but politicians have yet to turn this into a passion for democracy. These guides have been produced to help councils and teachers translate young people's enthusiasm in political issues into the politicians of tomorrow."

The guides include:

  • Sending the councillor back to school

  • Getting the most out of your council chamber

  • Bringing democracy to the classroom - a wide range of lesson ideas for citizenship teachers

  • Introducing young people to local politics - for those working with young people outside school

Research for the LGA by Ipsos MORI shows that one in three 11-16 year-olds have met a councillor or MP, and states that those who do "more likely to express feelings of political engagement and interest."

Meanwhile, the government today announced the expansion of a scheme to give young people a platform to influence the way their communities are run.

Funding details to train up to 100 young advisers in 16 New Deal for Communities areas

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