LGA focuses week on minority youth

The Local Government Association (LGA) has chosen the theme of ‘putting ideas into action’ for the eighth Local Democracy Week (17-23 October).

This year's campaign, which aims to encourage 16 to 24-year-olds to engage with the democratic system, is targeting 'hard-to-reach' youth, including ethnic minorities.

A free one-day conference at LGA House in London on 20 October will show  how local authorities have used computer games to build citizenship skills, while a 'political speed-dating' game has been created for councillors and youth.

The conference, one of a series running before and during the week, will also announce the winners of a competition to create posters identifying community 'heroes' from black and Asian groups.

The LGA and campaign group Operation Black Vote announced the competition in July as part of a drive to combat the under-representation of minorities in decision making and their lack of participation in elections.

More than 30 per cent of local authority residents are likely to be aged under 25, according to the LGA. But only 39 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the May general election, compared with 68 per cent in 1997.

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