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The voice of youth

Making sure the views of young people are heard - that’s the aim of Lincolnshire County Council’s youngest member, Cllr Alexander Maughan.

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A perfect blend of youth and experience has now been achieved on Lincolnshire’s biggest authority.

The council election in May saw 35 new recruits take up their seats, alongside the same number of returning members.

At the age of just 20, Cllr Maughan was part of the new intake, which he hopes will bring a fresh dimension to County Offices.

“The young generation of members can hopefully offer a different perspective, and really add value to the work of the other councillors,” he said.

“Many of our decisions have long-term implications, so we’ll be having a say on things affecting the younger generation for years to come.”

On the wider role of the council, he added: “We have to make Lincolnshire a more attractive place for young people to stay and raise their families.

“Too many are leaving to get jobs or go to university and either not coming back at all or only much later in life.”

Cllr Maughan stood for a seat on South Kesteven District Council two years ago, while studying for A-levels and only just eligible to vote!

Despite ending up on the losing side, this gave him a taste for local politics, and the campaign trail made him realise how much he liked engaging with residents.

“I really enjoyed being out in the community, talking to people and finding out what issues mattered to them,” he explained.

Having only been on the county council a fewS months, Cllr Maughan is working hard to get to grips with the vast array of services it provides, either directly or indirectly.

“It’s been quite exciting,” he said. “There are a lot of things people don’t realise that we do, and we get to understand the bigger picture.”

A former pupil at Welbourn’s Sir William Robertson Academy, Cllr Maughan is a trainee accountant at a Lincoln-based firm. This means he has to juggle his responsibilities with studying for his accountancy exams.

“My employers are very supportive,” he said. “They value the fact that I’m giving something back to the community and they want me to make a good job of being on the county council.”

Cllr Alexander Maughan is the Conservative councillor for the Hough division on Lincolnshire County Council. He sits on the scrutiny committees for both Adults and Community Wellbeing and Children and Young People, as well as the Audit Committee. To contact Cllr Maughan, phone 07707 060022 or email cllra.maughan@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

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