Young people are our future. I will start the first ever study collecting views from young people across Brent and Harrow on how they would like to see local services and report back findings with recommendations to the Mayor of London, Brent and Harrow Councils and Government.
As Cabinet lead in Brent overseeing the London Borough of Culture I have put young people at the heart of our programme. With cuts to education, the withdrawal of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), trebling of tuition fees and the Government wedded to a hard Brexit, it is easy for young people to rightfully feel that the state does not care. I have a proven track record of engaging communities that do not usually engage with traditional services and genuinely involving them to shape and deliver services.
Young people must be part of the process from the very start if we are to find worthwhile solutions that they can truly be proud of.
As London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow I will lead the first engagement campaign of its kind with young people across both Boroughs to design and develop policies that will be brought forward to both Councils, City Hall and Government to implement. I will create a Young People’s steering group for Brent and Harrow that will help to give young people the opportunity to take their issues to the Mayor and give them a voice in City Hall.
I will champion young people on key issues such as housing, crime and community safety, education, skills and jobs.