Pupils urged have say on economy

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YOUNG people keen to try their hands at running the economy are being encouraged to take part in the newly launched ‘Chance to be Chancellor’ scheme.

Open to all 14-18 year olds, Angus MP Weir is urging pupils in Angus to get involved in the initiative which challenges participants to grapple with issues that face the Chancellor ahead of the official Budget in mid-March. Pupils will be required to learn about, and share their opinions on, a selection of possible policies detailed on the scheme’s website.

It has been organised by educational charity Citizenship Foundation in partnership with Aviva as part of ‘Paying for It’, an educational programme that provides a free range of resources to develop economic awareness amongst young people.

Pupils can also enter a national competition with a chance to win an iPad by creating a short video, maximum 90 seconds, arguing their choices. All entries will be collated to produce the ‘Youth Budget’, a report launched in anticipation of the official budget to give the voters of the future a platform for their views on important economic issues.

Mr Weir said: “I encourage as many students as possible in Angus to get involved and submit their ideas on how to tackle the current economic challenges; a particularly difficult challenge in the current climate.

“They will be able to show whether they agree with the choices being made by the Chancellor and other politicians, or whether their priorities are different.”

‘Chance to be Chancellor’ runs until Friday, February 15, and details of how to enter can be found online at www.chancetobechancellor.org.uk.