As part of this effort, on 7th August, Acting Lib Dem Leader Sir Ed Davey joined a Quarantine Question Time event for young people – co-organised by the #iwill campaign and My Life My Say.
During the event, he remarked that:
“[When considering government spending] Let’s take care of people, let’s look after people – it’s about priorities. When this is the priority, things that previously seemed difficult become easier.”
Other areas he focused on during the event were his own experiences of being a young carer and of bereavement, and his concerns about reduced support for bereaved families. He also spoke of his ongoing passion for the environment and for a green recovery from Covid-19, and recognised the achievements of Greta Thunberg and young British climate strikers. His final message was one of the centrality of people’s wellbeing when assessing the success of policy and funding, emphasising that the UK should follow the path of New Zealand and include wellbeing in growth measures.
In responding to questions from #iwill Ambassadors, Sir Ed Davey shared his commitment to young people’s mental health, and to an alternative approach to democratic engagement which would give young people more opportunities to input into decision making. Solutions proposed included a mental health charter for universities, decentralising power from Westminster, and the creation of digital platforms allow people to suggest changes they wanted to see in their area, and to see these changes made real.