Action on budgets

Young people from across the East Riding have been invited by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to debate issues that could shape their future.

On December 6, young people from 10 East Riding secondary schools will come to County Hall in Beverley to take part in the Big Deb8, which has been organised for the third year by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s youth support service.

For the first part of the day, young people will take part in a budget conference which will focus on providing them with information on the issues that the council faces in these challenging times of public sector funding cuts.

They will also take part in a workshop based on real budget issues and priorities with councillors and senior council officers and their responses will be considered as part of the budget process for the next financial year.

In the afternoon, they will head to the council chamber to debate job opportunities for young people and the benefits broadband will bring to the East Riding.

The debates will be chaired by East Riding of Yorkshire chairman, Councillor Chad Chadwick.

Councillor Chadwick said: “It is always interesting to listen to young people debating current affairs and to hear their views.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools, said: “Hearing the opinions of our young people on budget priorities and service delivery is invaluable to us.

“They bring a refreshing view on how they would like to see council services develop and invariably they see the crux of an issue with unfettered but caring clarity.”

Jayne Clarke, participation officer with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s youth support service, said: “This event is a unique opportunity for young people to experience formal debates, discuss a range of issues that affect them, learn about budgets, community service priority setting, research techniques and general communication skills.

“With councillors and senior council officers looking on, this is a chance for young people to have a chance to put their points across in a positive way.”