Local Democracy Week at OSFC
On Tuesday 16 October, Oldham Sixth Form College, in partnership with Oldham Council, ran a Question Time style event to mark Local Democracy Week. Students had the opportunity to put their questions to members of the local council and find out about the issues that matter to them.
The panel consisted of Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council and Oldham Labour Group, Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader of Oldham Council opposition group and Oldham Liberal Democrats, and Councillor John Hudson, Leader of Oldham Council Conservative group and Oldham Conservatives.
Students asked questions on a range of important and relevant topics, including youth voting, mental health, homelessness and rough sleeping, the emergency services and local public transport. The students also had the opportunity to vote on all the topics debated, giving the councillors an insight into young people’s views on important political topics.
A Level Politics student, Emily Moore, said, ‘I was really inspired by the event, it gave me an insight into the work that local democracy involves and even though I found some of the views of the counsellors controversial it inspired me to get involved grassroots politics.’