Manifesto to help young people

Members of the West Midlands Young Combined Authority (YCA) have published their manifesto which pledges to improve the lives of young people.

Chris Burden, 25, from Oxley, in Wolverhampton, and Aisha Masood, 26, from Great Barr
Chris Burden, 25, from Oxley, in Wolverhampton, and Aisha Masood, 26, from Great Barr

The manifesto outlines key policy areas in which the YCA believes that the mayor and local councils can improve to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Changes include creating affordable, accessible housing, creating job and training opportunities, boosting the arts and culture sector and becoming more environmentally friendly.

The YCA aims to reflect the youth and diversity of the region’s population, 20 per cent of whom are under the age of 16, and ensure their voices are heard by those in power.

Chris Burden, 25, from Oxley

Chris Burden, from Wolverhampton, said: “Young People have been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Young people are employed in huge concentrations in the service industry.

"That’s why we’re advocating for the appointment of a night-time economy tsar in the region.”

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