Poverty was the topic of conversation when young people from schools across South Tyneside came together.
The issue was raised as one of importance during a series of events organised by South Tyneside’s Youth Parliament, last year.
It was raised again when the youth parliament, along with pupils from schools in South Tyneside, met at Keelman’s Way School in Hebburn, last week.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for democratic renewal, said: “It is extremely important that young people are aware of the issues that affect them and are able to discuss and debate them at school to better understand and know how to resolve them.
“It is wonderful that young people from across the Borough have taken part in this initial event and will go on to represent their schools. The involvement of young people in politics is key as they can ensure they have their say on the things that affect their generation, their families and their future.”
Two more events are due to take place, including a consultation day with professionals at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields to find solutions to the issues identified and at Jarrow School where work they have done will be shared.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “These events are a great way of moving young people to find out more about topical issues and hopefully develop a longer term interest in politics.
“It is vital that we connect with young people and encourage them to have their say on the issues that affect them.”