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Large group of secondary school pupils with teachers and councillors for Democracy Matters event

Pembrokeshire’s young people focus on why ‘Democracy Matters’

Pobl ifanc Sir Benfro yn canolbwyntio ar pam 'Mae Democratiaeth o Bwys'

Well-attended Democracy Matters Question Time events at County Hall saw some tough questions put to a panel of Councillors by young people from Pembrokeshire.

Two events were organised by Electoral Services and the Children and Young People’s Rights Office with representatives from secondary schools, youth groups and Pembrokeshire College attending.

DM evening group-2

Chairing both the morning and evening sessions was Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman Cllr Thomas Tudor who said it had been an honour to be involved.

“These amazing events give young people a voice to question elected councillors and officers of the authorities on issues that they are concerned with, and many thanks to all the young people who attended from schools, college, Pembrokeshire Youth Assembly and Youth Clubs.

“The thought provoking questions were amazing, and thanks to the panel members and organisers who facilitated this much needed opportunity for a debate event. I very much look forward to the next opportunity to chair or attend a similar event once again in the not too distant future.”

DM day panel

He was joined on the panel by Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding Cllr Tessa Hodgson, and Cabinet Member for Housing Operations and Regulatory Services Cllr Michelle Bateman. Along with former Chairman Cllr Pat Davies, Cllr Joshua Beynon, Sustainability (Well-being and Future Generations) Champion, and Cllr Delme Harries, Welsh Language and Children and Young Persons Champion.

The young people were keen to put their questions and found out more about how the Council works from Cllr Tudor and his colleagues.

There were some tough questions to the members with topics including school budgets, school safety, 20mph speed limits, Council funding gap, homelessness, the Welsh language and carbon footprints.

DM chamber

As well as having their questions answered, those involved also found out more about how to get involved with democracy, the Council and Youth Assembly and how they can help to make a real difference.

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