MORE than 10,000 young people proved that politics are not just for the older generations by turning out to vote at this year's Barnsley Youth Council elections.

The eighth bi-annual election took place throughout February and March with 59 per cent of young people eligible to vote from the borough's secondary schools and Barnsley College casting their vote.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, said: "It’s fantastic to see that so many young people have taken part in the elections."

"I look forward to working with the Youth Council who have a big challenge on their hands as we continue to look at how we can deliver services with significant reductions in budgets."

There were 73 young people, aged 13 to 19, standing as candidates to take one of the 35 seats available.

The Youth Council has recently been involved in making some key decisions in Barnsley, such as securing the future of the Mi-card travel scheme.