Islington youth council hopefuls hit campaign trail

Candidates vying for eight seats on Islington’s new youth council have hit the campaign trail.

The 24 teenagers – aged between 13 and 17 – are promising to address issues ranging from negative perceptions of young people to increasing learning and employment opportunities.

Election day is Thursday, February 9, and polling stations will be set up in secondary schools and youth hubs across the borough. Every child aged between 11 and 17 who lives or goes to school in the borough is eligible to vote.

Cllr Richard Watts, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: ”I wish all the candidates the best of luck. This is a very exciting time for Islington and I can’t wait to work with our new youth council –to hear their ideas and to learn from them.

”Young people are being hit the hardest by the recession and government cuts, but Islington Council continues to invest in more services for young people. We want every young person to have the opportunities and the support to help them succeed.”