British Youth Council to lead policymaking consortium

Ministers have awarded £170,000 to the organisation, which is tasked with developing three schemes to give young people more say in policymaking

British Youth Council
British Youth Council

The Office for Civil Society has awarded a £170,000 grant to the British Youth Council to lead a consortium of organisations that will develop three schemes to enable young people have a greater say in national policymaking.

The department said in a statement that the youth-led charity would lead the development of a youth steering group, which would advise on policymaking, a youth inspectors group, which would monitor national programmes, and a scheme that would explore how digital methods could be used to engage young people on policymaking.

The BYC will work in partnership with the youth organisations The Mix, which will lead on the digital engagement research, Youth Focus North West, Youth Focus North East and the Youth Work Unit to develop three schemes.

The OCS said the projects would meet three commitments from its Civil Society Strategy to encourage young people to participate in making national policy.

Mims Davies, the Minister for Civil Society, said the government wanted young people to have a central role in shaping society’s future.

"Too often the work of government can feel distant from their real lives, but these new projects will give young people an extra voice, make them feel more valued and show them that they can make a difference and their views can have a positive impact," she said.

Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, chair of the British Youth Council, said: "As the national youth council, we believe that young people should be heard and have their views valued and acted upon, and we are proud to be working with all the partners involved to pilot new approaches to engaging young people in the policy process."

The schemes will run as pilots until March 2020.

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