by Jack Williams on 9 April, 2016
Given the last week’s headlines, how can our younger generation trust politicians today? David Cameron can’t give a straight answer relating to his tax arrangements, can we really be expected to believe we are all in this together? Politics does make a difference to your life both locally and nationally. According to Ipsos MORI turnout of for the 2015 General election was 66%. Amongst 18 – 24 year olds it is 43%, the lowest of any age group. Increasing amongst 25 – 34 year olds to 54%. Compare this to the over 65 which is 78%
Unfortunately, I can’t find any statistics for local election turnout by age group but given that the turnout for the last county council election in Churchdown was only 33.5% you could assume that the turnout amongst 18-24 year olds would be at least halved.
That’s a lot of votes that could be used to press your local and national politicians to engage in issues that matter to you. There is little incentive for politicians to engage with issues that matter to you if you are not going to vote.
Education, transport, planning, fire and public safety, social care, libraries, waste management, trading standards, rubbish collection, recycling, Council Tax collections, housing and planning applications are all responsibilities of the different types of local council.
These all impact your life and the area we live in. These are all controlled by local government. Here are two examples from Gloucestershire of how things are being done at the moment.
New affordable social housing being created in Cheltenham by the Liberal Democrat run Borough Council making use of derelict ex-council garages.
Of course I would like you to vote for me as the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Churchdown in the County Council by-election on May 5th, but most of all I would like you to vote and engage in politics to ensure that you have your say about issues that affect you.
With the EU referendum in June, it has never been more important to have your say on our local and national issues. Make sure you register to vote and even register to vote by post to make sure you don’t forget!
Churchdown Liberal Democrats
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