NALC call on local councils, as 1% of councillors are below 25
The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Councillor Census Survey found that of the 100,000 councillors serving local (parish and town) councils, there are only 700 councillors (0.7%) aged 25 or below.
NALC has challenged local councils to be more representative of the communities they serve and get closer to the national average, which sits at 10.2%. NALC's election campaign aims to help local councils engage with young people to encourage them to stand for election in May 2019.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “There is a clear challenge for the sector when it comes to making local politics appealing to youngsters. We want local councils to get better at engaging with them by making the process of getting involved easier and more accessible. We believe this will help make the next generation of community champions rise to the challenge and make a difference locally."