Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Youngsters give councillors a grilling

Members of Senedd yr Ifanc, Wrecsam's youth parliament, were at the Guildhall last night to give councillors a grilling as part of Democracy Week.
The youngsters were also out in Queen Square on Saturday, where Plaid councillors met up with them.
They're already leading the way in challenging council perceptions and helping to shape their communities by making sure youngsters' views are taken on board. All too often, the only publicity youngsters get is bad publicity and Senedd yr Ifanc are challenging that.
They gave the councillors present last night a hard time when it came to questions and long may it continue. The coming generation face a real struggle in terms of education, housing and jobs - far worse than the generation before them. But with intelligent questions about the dangers of coalition, Welsh independence, potholes and how councils spend their money, this group are well equipped to deal with these challenges.

Perhaps the most poignant moment was when asked "do you know who your councillor is?" only one could answer. "Barrie" she said.

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