New Greater Manchester Mayor Commits To Mental Health And Young People
The newly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester Andy Burnham began his time in office this week with pledges to tackle homelessness, create a free bus pass for 16-18 year olds in education and promote mental health and well-being through a range of talking therapies for anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
This emphasis upon young people is something which Burnham says makes him stand apart from other politicians. During the mayoral campaign, while all of the candidates talked about Brexit, housing and transport, Burnham presented his idea for a UCAS-style system for apprenticeships, and a new school-leaving route for young people wishing to start a business. While politicians usually target their messages towards the older voting population, one glance at his manifesto shows the kind of aspirational politics which has proved extremely popular in the past across a broad range of voters.