Thirty pupils from Tameside and Ashton Sixth Form Colleges and Droylsden Academy took part in the budget simulator exercise, hosted at Tameside Centre for Enterprise by Tameside Council’s Executive Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn and Chief Executive Steven Pleasant.
After watching the Council’s budget consultation video the teenagers gave their ideas on how they thought the money should be spent and which areas it should be cut from.
They then questioned Tameside Council’s leaders on a variety of issues including funding of youth services, anti-social behaviour and opportunities to get involved in local democracy.
The pupils said they felt genuinely engaged with the process and that they had been given the opportunity for their voices to be heard.
Council Executive Leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn said: “As I’m sure everyone will be aware by now, the Council has to save £104 million since 2010 and is expected to save in the region of another £38 million over the next two.
“This has and will continue to have a profound effect on how this local authority continues to provide its services for the Tameside public. This is why it is so important that as many people as possible join in the budget consultation conversation and help us direct our limited resources in the best way possible.
“The students who took part in last Friday’s event are to be applauded for their efforts; they came up with some excellent and innovative suggestions. I would urge as many people as possible to follow their lead and play their part in helping us prioritise our budget.”