Merton’s youth referendum a success

More than 1500 young people took to the ballot boxes at schools and youth centres last week in Merton’s first ever youth referendum.

The referendum took place between 10 and 14 May and was an opportunity for young people to tell the council how they want to be represented locally on issues of importance to them.

Officers counted a total of 1594 votes from young people who were given the choice between a youth elected young mayor, a group of youth advisors or a youth parliament.

Results of the referendum show that Merton’s young people want to see a group of youth advisors whose role is to speak to local politicians about key issues of importance to young people in the borough.

Yvette Stanley, director for children, schools and families said: “Our first youth referendum turned out to be a great success and the high number of votes illustrates just how passionate young people are about local issues and democracy in Merton.

“We’ll be visiting young people in schools and youth centres over the next few months to agree the role of youth advisors in Merton and a suitable nomination process.”

The council aims to have all youth advisors in place by October. Between now and then young people should watch out for focus groups and opportunities to give their ideas about making youth advisors in Merton a reality.

Visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/youngreferendum or search for Young Merton on facebook to find out more and take part in the discussions.

Notes to editors:

Votes for the referendum came in online and via ballot boxes placed in youth centres and the following schools – Bishopsford Arts College, Cricket Green, Merton College, Ricards Lodge, Raynes Park, Smart Centre, Ursuline College
For a breakdown of results by per cent, see table below:

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Press Contact:

Kim Parker

Communications Officer

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 3827