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Youth Combined Authority will 'shape their own future'

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Proposals have been approved to allow for the creation of a Youth Combined Authority in the Greater Manchester area.

Plans to establish a Youth Combined Authority were given the green light by council leaders at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting at Trafford Town Hall last week.

The new Youth Combined Authority will be a gender balanced group made up of 40 individuals aged between 11 and 18. It will include members of all 10 existing youth councils and representatives from youth groups across the city-region, with members serving a two year term.

The group will also undertake specific pieces of work, developing real policies for Greater Manchester that will improve the lives of young people. The Youth Combined Authority will be tasked with taking forward the Mayor’s plans for a free travel pass, developing it in to a ‘Greater Manchester Opportunity Pass’ that could open up access to leisure, sporting and cultural activities as well as work placements and apprenticeships. The group will also be asked to help develop the Mayor’s plans for a Curriculum for Life.

The body will advise the Mayor and GMCA on key issues affecting young people and scrutinise the work of Greater Manchester Leaders.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “The new Youth Combined Authority will help us create a city-region that works for all young people. This group can make a real difference by developing new policies that can improve the lives of young people. I want the Youth Combined Authority to go out to Greater Manchester’s young people and tell me how we can improve our city-region, then we will make it happen together.

Councillor Rishi Shori, GMCA portfolio lead for Young People and Social Cohesion put forward proposals for the new Youth Combined Authority to Leaders at Friday’s GMCA meeting.

Cllr Shori said: “To make sure that Greater Manchester truly works for young people, their voices must be heard. The Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority can help ensure young people have the opportunities they need to get on in life."

 

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