Young voters targeted with appeal
AN APPEAL to encourage more young people to vote in elections has been welcomed by councillors.
Deputy leader of Bucks County Council, Mike Appleyard, launched a campaign to reignite interest in politics among the youth of the county at a council meeting on Thursday, February 12.
Mr Appleyard said: “They [under-24s] see little change in things they think are important. They are very rarely asked.”
Mr Appleyard talked about the importance of social media to re-engage young people.
In 1976, 76 per cent of under-24s voted in the general election, but in 2010 that figure was down to 51 per cent.
He added: “We are developing policy and delivery for which young people will inherit.
“They have no say in this as they are not taking part.
“I believe this is very serious and we need to do something about it.”
Councillors were urged to think about how they could have more engagement with young people, such as door knocking with them and going to schools.
Councillor Lin Hazell said: “We have to kick the politics out of this and work together.
“This is not going to be easy, but if we work together on this it will work and we can get that kind of engagement.”
Councillor Steven Lambert advised that the debate people ‘essential’.
He said: “During the debate for the independence in Scotland, there was a lot of interest in the 16-year-old vote.
“They have the ability to get married, have children, join the Army and yet they don’t get the chance to vote – that is something that need to be addressed. In Scotland, it has been and I am sorry that it hasn’t here.”
Councillor Tim Butcher agreed that he thought people should get the vote when they are 16.
Mr Appleyard will set up an action group with councillors to share ideas about what they are doing to support the motion.
All of the councillors agreed with the motion. to get young
involved is BUCKS’ pension bill has more than doubled since the year 2000 and is approaching £700m a year.
The government paid out £694.8m to pensioners in the county in 2013/14.
The county’s pension bill has more than doubled everywhere in the county since the turn of the century.
In 2000/01, the county’s elderly received just over £300m in the allowance, meaning it has risen 130.8 per cent since then.
In 2011, the county had 14,000 more people aged 65 or over than it did in 2001.
Overall the government paid out £83.1bn in British pensions last year. That is more than double the £38.7bn bill at the turn of the century.