Natalie Bennett 180The Green Party has promised an extra £1.1b a year to young people's services and pledged to scrap tuition fees in a new 'youth manifesto'.

As the party with 17,700 youth members the Greens have the largest youth wing and are doing much to covet the votes of young people and their parents.

Leader Natalie Bennett has vowed to create 2,000 centres for teenagers and restore EMA (educational maintenance allowance) for 16-19 year-olds after the support service for those from low income families was scrapped in 2010.

Commenting on the Greens' pledge, Bennett said: "I feel when young people are given something to vote for then they engage and participate. It's clear that the policies set out in this Youth Manifesto - an end to austerity, to tuition fees and the housing crisis - are proving that the Green Party can inpsire a political generation."

By contrast, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said his party would demand control of the education department in any future coalition after seeing "too many zany, ideological gimmicks" during the past parliament.

The Deputy Prime Minister was making his comments after a 4Children hosted debate entitled 'Stronger Families, Stronger Economy' in which candidates from the five leading parties were quizzed by parents at Griffin Primary School in Battersea on education, welfare reform and childcare.

To read the Youth Manifesto in full visit: www.greenparty.org.uk