Here’s the statement, released by UK Youth Parliament member, 16 year old George Downs, on behalf of the campaigners ……………………

“When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.“ This is Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the UK in 1991.

On Thursday 20th February 2014 the executive and cabinet of Devon County Council violated international law by denying the young people of Devon to speak for just three minutes during the full council meeting.

All 34 of Devon Youth Services youth centres are facing closure and Devon County Council have time after time rejected the voice of young people in that decision. Not only did the council refuse to take into account the opinions of dozens of youth campaigners who had travelled from all corners of the county, but neither did the decision makers allow them to speak. 

This is not just about youth service cuts, this about the fundamental democratic rights and civil liberties of human beings.”