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Councillors span the generations to back radical policies

19 February 2018

Council Leader Allen Brett.

It’s time for the government to give older people a voice and enfranchise young people with a vote.

That was the radical message from Rochdale councillors after passing 2 key motions at Wednesday, 14 February 2018's full council meeting.

The generations were spanned as councillors called on votes for 16-year-olds and the creation of a dedicated government minister for the elderly.

It underlined the council’s commitment to delivering innovative policies for people of all ages.

Last year, 1,000s of young people voted to elect a Rochdale youth cabinet and a children’s champion for the borough.

Rochdale Borough Council leader, Allen Brett, said: “We want action to enfranchise the young and empower the elderly.

“Votes for 16-year-olds will happen sooner rather than later. It’s time the government caught up with public thinking and let 1,000s of young people across the UK have their say at the ballot box.

“A dedicated minister for older people would provide a vital voice on housing, health, wellbeing and loneliness issues. People are living longer, which is great, and it’s important they are not ignored or taken for granted in their later years.

“As leader, I am proud we passed these motions, underlining yet again our pioneering and progressive thinking across the borough of Rochdale.”