Berwick pupils take part in Local Democracy Week

Berwick Middle School pupils were among those who took part in an interactive session with local councillors at County Hall to mark Local Democracy Week.

Friday, 14th October 2016, 11:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 6:25 pm
Berwick County Middle School

Schools across Northumberland celebrated the national event which aims to raise young people’s awareness of how local councils operate and how they can get involved in decision making in their local communities.

Around 200 students aged nine to 18 flocked into the council chamber over two days to take part in the event which included a live e-voting session, a question and answer session with local councillors and a presentation about democracy, careers in democratic services and the Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet.

Councillors Scott Dickinson, Richard Dodd, Brian Gallacher, Alan Sambrook, Bernard Pidcock, Heather Cairns, Anne Dale, Gavin Jones, John Woodman and Liz Simpson joined students in the council chamber to answer pupils’ questions about local democracy, elections, council services and more.

Cllr Dickinson, business chair at Northumberland County Council, said: “Local Democracy Week is great for engaging young people in local politics and it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to see where lots of the big decisions are made concerning their local communities.

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“These events at County Hall will hopefully encourage young people to voice their opinions on things that interest or affect them and will help them to understand the role of the council.”