Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire is asking young people from the community to take part in the Youth Budget and the ‘Chance to be Chancellor’ scheme.
Running until 20 February and open to all 14-18 year olds, ‘Chance to be Chancellor’ challenges young people to make informed decisions about how UK’s finances should be run. Young people are asked to give their views on taxation and spending policies, which will go on to be published in the Youth Budget 2012.
As well as offering up the chance to learn about the big issues ahead of the Budget 2012, the website offers the chance to win prizes and a trip to HM Treasury for those who take part.
Last year ‘Chance to be Chancellor’ engaged 3000 young people across the UK and the Citizenship Foundation want as many young people as possible to contribute to this year’s publication. Further information is available online atwww.chancetobechancellor.org.uk.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I would encourage all young people with an interest in politics to get on the Chance to be Chancellor website and have their voices heard.”
“It’s a great opportunity to have a say on real government policies. Decisions made by the government in this year’s Budget will be extremely important so I hope young people take this opportunity to learn about Budget 2012 and contribute to the Youth Budget.”