May 302013

With thanks to Kenneth Watt.

The Aberdeen City Youth Council has announced that it will be hosting a hustings event for candidates in the Donside by-election in the Belmont Cinema at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday 6th June, 2013.

The event is open to people of all ages, but a significant number of tickets have been reserved for young people living in the constituency.

The event is free to attend but, due to the limited capacity of the venue, audience members are required to register at in order to obtain a ticket.

Youth council Chair Barry Black ( pictured ) said:

“This should turn out to be a great event.  The significance of the Donside seat is huge in Scottish Politics and is one that is being watched more and more closely every day.

“A number of issues regarding young people in Aberdeen will turn out to be major factors for voters in the by-election.  

Cuts to college funding, a review of the school estate, and controversial changes to tuition fees in England are news stories which are discussed frequently, all of which I am sure will resonate strongly with young people and families in the constituency. 

“On top of that, some communities in Donside unfortunately have incredibly high levels of child poverty and increasing crime rates.  

“These are all subjects on which I’m sure that the candidates will be quizzed.”

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  4 Responses to “Donside By-election: ACYC Host Hustings On June 6th”

  1. The involvement of the younger generation in politics is heartening. They should remember, however, that Holyrood is constrained by reduced funding from Westminster and, consequently, the aspirations of us all, in regard to funding education, among many other things, have to be realistic. Perhaps, if we have the foresight to vote for independence next year, our aspirations may become somewhat more attainable.

    • Scotland receives more money per head of population than any other region in Britain.

      • Of course it does Sean – less than it contributes overall true to say. Could it be to do with the low populace over great areas that require more support than the great conurbations of England?

      • Incidentally Sean, the area of the UK which receives the largest overall subsidy is London. Perhaps that fact would surprise you?

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