Local young people help Cheshire West and Chester Council decide on 2019-2020 budget

22 November 2018

Members and friends of Cheshire West and Chester Council Youth Senate are helping to inform the Council budget for 2019-2020.  
Eighteen young people visited Manley Mere conferencing area in Chester on Saturday 17 November. They took part in a series of exercises to have a say in how the budget is developed. The exercises were part of the wider Council budget consultation currently taking place.
Councillor Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: 
“It is important for us to hear and understand the thoughts and concerns of our young people, especially when shaping the future of the borough. 
“It was really interesting to hear how they addressed different budget challenges. They were very selfless, protecting those most vulnerable in society.
“The activity proved to be a valuable experience for both our young people and the Council.”
People who took part examined the Council’s budget and came up with what they thought should be done in different scenarios. The young people successfully debated and discussed the areas of greatest need in terms of council spending. They gained a much deeper and better informed understanding about the full range of services that the Council provides. 
Joseph Moore, Youth Senate member, said: “It was a really fun activity to take part in. It was great to have a discussion about the Council’s services and to learn about the budget challenges it faces.”  
The findings from this activity will be given to Cabinet as part of a wider report on public feedback on the proposals. 
The ‘Budget Consultation 2019-20: delivering your priorities’ is open to all residents, business and community groups. Everyone is invited to have their say until 2 December. Visit: cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/deliveringyourpriorities


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