We have been informed that Labour Controlled Kidsgrove Town Council has budgeted £2000 in the Kidsgrove Part of your council tax to pay for a Youth Council. No doubt this project has the backing of Kidsgrove Mayor and Astle family member Kyle Robinson, who is also an employee at Clough Hall Technology School. Kidsgrove Town Council appears to be really interested in this ideas of a Youth Council, despite the fact that taxpayers are already paying for the nationally recognised Youth Parliament programme that takes place in schools all over the UK. This scheme is exceptionally successful in Staffordshire and has a sound resource base behind it.
It is once again not clear how the vast £2000 sum would be spent on this project or what the actual intended outcomes would be? If these are not vastly different from those of the existing Youth Parliament scheme then taxpayers and students will all be asking "what is the point?". It is times like this when we should be expecting value for money, however it is becoming increasingly easy to find stories of how the Labour Controlled Kidsgrove Town Council keeps wanting to spend money and reduce the quality of life for all local residents of Kidsgrove.
Councillor Dave Stringer informs us that all parties have voted on and passed the Kidsgrove Town Council budget, with some very positive comments on the work which the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament did in its establishment last year. The councils have formed two working parties which are working on projects in the local area. The students have been educated in how to obtain sources of finance and encouraged to get involved in local events.
Some other Councillors are worried that this money could be used to influence the political views of young people, something that will be increasingly hard to avoid if any programme like this is run by a council which increasingly controlled by one political party.