On 20 October 2008 the Youth Citizenship Commission (set up to develop policy ideas outlined in the Governance of Britain Green Paper) published a consultation paper on lowering the minimum age for elections in the UK to 16. The Green Paper published last year highlighted the importance of engaging young people as citizens, so they are able to take an active part in society.

The proposals that are being consulted on could see the age lowered for various types of elections including council and parish elections and referendums.

The consultation paper can be found here and the closing date for responses is 20 January 2009.