Plaid councillor re-elected as champion of young people for two more years

24/03/2014

Councillor Mike Prew 

Plaid Cymru councillor Mike Prew has been re-elected as Caerphilly’s youth champion for two more years.

In a vote among young people he defeated Labour councillor Elaine Forehead by 2,099 votes to 1,250.

The popular councillor was first elected as youth champion in 2008 as part of an 'I'm a Councillor - Get me out of here! Competition and continued in the post ever since. He will serve for another two years.

Mike, who represents the Morgan Jones ward, said: “I’m honoured to have been re-elected by young people as their voice in Caerphilly county borough and I will continue to do my best to support them wherever possible.”

Married to Lisa and with a son, Thomas, 12, Mike added: “Youth unemployment is far too high and a lot more must be done to help young people into work. They have been among the victims of an economic crisis that was none of their doing.

“I’m pleased at the role the former Plaid Cymru administration played in helping young people by launching an apprenticeship scheme at Caerphilly council to provide training.

“Whereas, youth services in other local authorities are being cut, Caerphilly is growing from strength to strength. I’m glad to have played my part along with Youth Services but, more importantly, the hard work of the young people of Caerphilly and their key priorities which change from year to year.   

“Young people feel excluded from decisions affecting them and that needs to change. Authorities and governments must change their attitude to young people.

I’m pleased that young people from the age of 16 will get the chance vote in the Scottish Referendum later this year and involve them in a crucial decision on their nation’s future.”

Mike praised the work of the Youth Forum, which has been existence for more than a decade, giving young people aged 11-25 the chance to have their voices heard.