Democracy is at the heart of the freedoms and controls of a civilised society. It’s starting point of one person-one vote is its great force for equality, where everyone gets to have their say on the issues of the day which affect their lives. In this country we enjoy democracy at the centre of national Government and at local levels too, where every voice and every vote matters.

In celebration of this Boston Borough Council is again involved in Local Democracy Week and, following on from last year’s week of successful events, has extended the offer to all borough schools.

The programme of events from Monday, October 14, to Friday, October 18, will include mock meetings, where students become voting councillor dealing with some tricky issues, a quiz, visits to see the civic regalia and the ultra-modern CCTV suite. Students will also be able to take part in a House of Commons-style debate in the banqueting hall of the historic Boston Guildhall when they will be challenged to argue for and against the role of social networking sites in society.

Phil Drury, Boston Borough Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Local Democracy Week is the Government’s initiative to encourage democratic participation. Never has there been a time when young people have demonstrated such an interest in politics and those who make the decisions that will affect their day to day lives. Both nationally and locally democracy week is an opportunity for our young people to see how decisions that affect their lives, and also the lives of their family and friends, are made.

“The week of activities may also provide an opportunity for young people to consider standing as a councillor for both the borough council and their local parish council. Whilst the age to stand is 18, the same as to vote, there is nothing stopping young people taking part in consultation exercises, attending borough council meetings or local parish meetings and becoming actively involved in their local communities, as the future advocates and leaders for Boston.”

The final event of the week invites residents to see a wide range of ongoing activity at the Council. Councillors will be in attendance, supporting the event with some running their own ward surgeries. There will also be an opportunity to meet Matt Warman, the Member of Parliament for Boston.

See the full programme of events here

For further information or to book places for events email Karen.rist@boston.gov.uk telephone 01205 314226