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Lancashire's young people put the spotlight on democracy

How to make your voice heard at the local, national and European level will be top of the agenda in Lancashire during this year's Local Democracy Week which gets under way on Monday 15 October 2012.

Among the events in Lancashire will be a 'young people's question time' in County Hall and 'fast politics' in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. The events will give young people the opportunity to have their voices heard on a wide range of issues by key decision-makers.

This year's 'European Local Democracy Week' will run from Monday 15 October to Sunday 21 October. It is an annual event that aims to increase people's knowledge of local democracy and to promote the idea of getting more involved in their communities.

In addition to the 'young people's question time' and 'fast politics' events, Lancashire County Council's young people's service is organising a number of other activities in support of the week's theme: 'making your voice heard at the local, national and European level'.

County Councillor Mark Perks, Lancashire County Council's Cabinet Member for Young People said:

"As an experienced local politician, I know that making politics and democracy interesting for young people can be a challenge. However, I am confident that these events will be thought-provoking and well-attended."

"I very much enjoy attending and taking part in these opportunities to speak to young people and to hear their views. Although we consult widely in Lancashire, we don't rest on our laurels which is why we put so much effort into organising events such as Local Democracy Week."

Details of the events will be available online at Colleagues from the YPS will be keeping the website updated as details of the activities are finalised.

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