Rotherham Youth Cabinet


Published 13 April 2022 at 10:25am

“The right to vote should be treasured and made use of.” This is the message from Josie Brown (18), a member of the politically neutral Rotherham Youth Cabinet.

Josie will be voting for the first time on 5 May in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Election. She said: “There are many countries where people don’t have that right and it’s important for everyone who can to use it.”

On Thursday 5 May 2022, South Yorkshire will elect a new Metro Mayor. The next Mayor of South Yorkshire will be making decisions which affect the lives of people across the region including how South Yorkshire’s buses and public transport are run, developing region-wide schemes to improve the places we live in, investing and delivering flood alleviation projects, and improving vocational training.

In partnership with the four councils, the mayor will also lead on local nature recovery plans, our mission to deliver Net Zero by 2040, and ensure we put in place the support businesses need to grow, and communities need to thrive.

Everyone registered to vote in local elections for the district councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield, is eligible to vote in this election.

Josie continued: “I’m looking for a Mayor of South Yorkshire who cares about what young people have to say. I’m passionate about youth representation, LGBTQ+ issues and climate change – these are some of the subjects that most concern young people today. I’m also interested in what devolution means for South Yorkshire and how the mayor will spend their local budget. It’s important for young people to have our say in how money is spent in the region and make sure our priorities are taken into account.

“Basically, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the result of the election. This is our future more than anyone else’s and I would encourage all young people to get out and use their vote.”

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) is running a widespread campaign to encourage as many people as possible to have their say in the mayoral election, and young people are lending their support, calling on their peers to get out and vote.

Daniel James (22) is a member of the South Yorkshire Youth Combined Authority, which is also politically neutral. He worked with SYMCA on the launch of their campaign and said: “If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice to influence decisions. The Mayor of South Yorkshire does make a difference to the lives of people in our region – a good example of this for me was the Zoom Beyond pass. This is a card that gives reduced bus and tram fares to 18 to 21 year-olds.

“At the Youth Combined Authority, we really pushed the mayor to think about cheaper travel for young people. This is something that has a big impact on our lives, being able to move around the region on affordable transport.”




Last Updated: 13/04/2022

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