Midlothian community groups to lower age limit

After being allowed to vote in the recent Scottish Independence Referendum, 16 year olds will soon be able to join Midlothian community councils

After being allowed to vote in the recent Scottish Independence Referendum, 16 year olds will soon be able to join Midlothian community councils

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Community councils in Midlothian are set to lower the age limit for members from 18 to 16 to encourage younger people to join.

Speaking at his group’s recent meeting, Newtongrange Community Council secretary Ron Campbell told members of the change to the 14 Midlothian community councils’ constitutions, with each group having three years to personalise their rules.

He said:“I have been asked to help out community councils so I want to get this through with us as a pilot project to see how it goes. We can use our constitution as a sort of guide for the other ones in Midlothian to help them along. Under the new scheme new members must be 16 or over and living in the community council area to join.”

Members welcomed lowering the age limit.