Giving young people a real voice

At our November Council meeting Councillors agreed to support a campaign to give 16 and 17 year-olds the vote as well as provide strong, non-partisan political education for pre-A Level pupils.

Meeting campaigners for votes at 16 ahead of Full Council

Meeting campaigners for votes at 16 ahead of Full Council

A recent survey showed that the majority of young people are keen to participate in democracy from an earlier age. These potential new voters also want to make informed choices – 79% feel it’s important for them to learn about politics and the electoral system.

This enthusiasm reflects what I’ve learnt from meeting a number of times with the Cardiff Youth Council (CYC), including during European democracy week, and they had a great response when they asked young people across the city to vote on what issues matter most to them.

There are around 12,000 young people aged between 16 and 18 in Cardiff, and it is great that we will be doing all we can to give them a voice at local elections.

There was a real enthusiasm ahead of last year’s Scottish independence referendum when the franchise – which means the right to vote in public, political elections – was extended to those aged 16 and 17. Decisions on voting in Wales have been devolved to the Welsh Government so the Council can now lobby them to change the law here.

Up, Up and Go Air!

Go Air is Wales’s newest and biggest trampoline park.

I was invited to officially open this exciting new venture in Llanishen and was delighted to welcome the firm to Cardiff. Having been inspired by trampoline arenas in the US, Welsh-born founder Jez James and his team have opened their first Go Air park here in Cardiff, with big plans to expand across the UK in the future.

Opening the new Go Air trampoline park

Opening the new Go Air trampoline park

The facility includes 120 interconnected trampolines, a dodgeball court, giant foam pits and a café. As well as trampolining, the centre offers fitness classes and parkour lessons, and full party and event hosting.

It was great to meet the Go Air team and we were given an impressive demonstration on the trampolines by some of the centre’s expert staff. Go Air is another welcome addition to Cardiff’s leisure offer and I know many people across the city will look forward to trying it out!

Trade Union Bill

At last week’s meeting, the City of Cardiff Council resolved to do what we can to protect union and workers’ rights and support the the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in opposing the Trade Union Bill. The Bill, which is currently being debated in the UK Parliament, contains a set of proposals that would change many things for trade unions, such as the right to strike and how effectively they can organise, as well as the Council’s relationship with the unions. . The Council will now write to the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills stating our opposition to the proposals. We will also contact all Cardiff MPs and AMs to encourage them to join us in opposing the Trade Union Bill