Young Citizens’ Assembly to give teens a say in devolved Manchester’s future
The Political Studies Association (PSA), in partnership with Symmetry, The Politics Project and the People’s History Museum, will welcome some 100 students from schools across Manchester to its inaugural Young Citizens’ Assembly on 25 April 2016.
The initiative comes as Greater Manchester faces increasing devolved powers in areas such as health and social care, education, transport, and business, and the city approaches its first ever Mayoral election in May 2017. The event will feed into the current Greater Manchester Combined Authority consultation on devolution to Greater Manchester.
Dr Andy Mycock (PSA), Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield and co-organiser of the Young Citizens’ Assembly, wants to ensure “young voices across the region are heard and allowed to shape the future of Manchester.”
16-21 year olds will gain an enhanced understanding of devolution via a ‘Devo-Dragon’s Den’ Q & A session featuring talks from Sir Richard Leese (leader of Manchester City Council), Jennifer Williams (Manchester Evening News), Ed Cox (IPPR North) and others.
A series of creative workshops will be led by politicians, business leaders, cultural creatives and other community leaders, encouraging participants to co-design a vision for ‘DevoManc’. Students’ ideas will form a ‘Devo-Manifesto’ which will be discussed in schools and colleges across Greater Manchester. The manifesto will be delivered to policy-makers in early 2017 and will be debated by candidates in a special Youth Hustings in the run-up to Greater Manchester’s first mayoral elections.
A full programme and list of speakers is available to download here.
Note to editors
The PSA has worked more broadly on the issue of devolution, namely through its Research Commission established in 2015, Examining the role of ‘Informal Governance’ on Devolution to England’s Cities’. The Commission is chaired by Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol & Board Member of the Regional Studies Association), and has published a report on its findings which can be downloaded here.