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Question: Do you think the local council targets its polices more towards the elderly as they participate more in the voting process?

Asked by macklewi to Sandra, Jane, , Elaine, Alastair on 21 Sep 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Alastair WittsAlastair Witts answered on 21 Sep 2010:

    Yes, but it’s a question of survival! If the elderly lobby the council and threaten to switch their vote at the next election, and you know they mean it, it’s a great incentive to listen to them and do what they want! On the other hand, if young people don’t bother to vote and everyone knows it, and the choice is between a Youth Centre and an Old People’s Day Centre, well, what do you think will happen? But if more young people were to start voting……


  • Photo: Jane MaitlandJane Maitland answered on 21 Sep 2010:

    The elderly are more likely to vote, agreed.
    Thinking about your question, are you asking whether the council spends more time on the elderly or more money??
    (Cos the education services, together with money spent for families and children takes up about 66% of the available budget)
    if you wonder whether the councillors fret whether the elderly will vote for them, you’re right!


  • Photo: Elaine MurrayElaine Murray answered on 21 Sep 2010:

    I don’t think elderly people would necessarily agree that council policies are targetted more towards them – I’ve heard them making the opposite argument. I think everyone tends to think they get left out. However I think there is a good argument for lowering the voting age to 16 to give younger people more of an influence on council policy


  • Photo: Sandra McDowallSandra McDowall answered on 21 Sep 2010:

    No, I don’t. Education has the biggest share of the Council budget, we try to make our school buildings as comfortable as possible and our teaching staff are hard working and dedicated. We provide leisure facilities for everyone and young folks access them as often as the older generation. Libraries are also for everyone and now incloude IT facilities freely used by all ages. Sports clubs and coaching are also targetted at the young. Any forward thinking politician would never ignore young folks as they are the voters of the future.