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Local democracy week

Over the last few years the Council has run events to mark Local Democracy Week

Local Democracy Week is an annual national event which aims to raise young people's awareness of how councils operate and tell them about the opportunities available for taking part in decision-making. 

This year's Local Democracy Week will take place between October 14 to 20 and South Derbyshire District Council is teaming up with secondary schools and other education establishments across the area to promote it.

Chief Executive Frank McArdle is heading to Pingle School in Swadlincote to debate whether the voting age should be lowered from 18 to 16. Views for and against will be documented on the @sddc Twitter stream in a bid to encourage others to join in the discussion.

Cllr Bob Wheeler, the Leader of the District Council, and Cllr Kevin Richards, the Leader of the Opposition, will be chatting to pupils at the Granville Sports College in Woodville and the William Allitt School in Newhall respectively.

As well as listening to what pupils believe would benefit the area, they will offer an in depth insight into their roles and day to day life in local Government.

As well as the school visits, a number of interesting, informative blogs will be posted online. Written by dignitaries such as the Chairman of the Council, they lift the lid on the democratic process and why it is so important.

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