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Council chief passes on advice to pupils to celebrate democracy week

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 18, 2013

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A COUNCIL chief passed on his expertise and wisdom to South Derbyshire school pupils as part of Local Democracy Week.

The nationwide event was designed to raise awareness of local politics and the ever evolving decision making process.

South Derbyshire District Council chief executive Frank McArdle headed to the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, in Swadlincote, to debate whether the voting age should be lowered from 18 to 16.

As well as listening to what pupils believe would benefit the area, they offered an in-depth insight into their roles and day to day life in local Government.

Mr McArdle said: “This is a superb opportunity to engage directly with students and showcase the importance of the democratic process.

“These visits will give young people an insight into the local decision-making process by allowing them to discover more about the council, the role it plays in the district and how they can have their say and make a difference.”

Informative blogs were also posted on www.south-derbys.gov.uk

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