Abstracts: February 7th, 2007

This publication from the New Local Government Network looks at how younger people can be attracted to become officers and members of councils. The issue is particularly important because there is a dearth of young blood in councils and the recent White Paper sets out a challenging role to serve increasingly diverse and complex communities.Some 8% of officers are under 25 and a survey of councillors found that only 62 from almost 20,000 councillors were under the age of 26.

The author identifies a link between low turnout of younger voters and the lack of young councillors. If an increase in the number of young councillors can increase the number of young voters, this could have an impact in two areas of more representative and wideranging views and reducing the democratic deficit that many feel exists now.

The author sets out ideas for getting younger people into local government and for keeping them there.

The publication is available at: http://www.nlgn.org.uk/public/wp-content/uploads/young-at-heart.pdf