Portsmouth North MP urges young to talk about the budget

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PENNY Mordaunt is calling on schools and young people in the city to voice their views on important economic decisions.

Portsmouth North’s MP is urging 14 to 18-year-olds to submit their opinions on taxation and public spending to Chance to be Chancellor 2012 – to help shape this year’s Youth Budget.

The scheme, run by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with Aviva, is open until February 20.

All participants can enter a national competition with the chance to win an iPad, make the news and get invited to a special event at HM Treasury in London – to be the face of the 2012 Youth Budget.

Miss Mordaunt said: ‘This is a great initiative with some great prizes to get young people thinking about what they would prioritise if they were running the country, and it also educates participants on how the exchequer works.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas they come up with.’

Last year nearly 3,000 young people told the government what they thought, and the outcome became the UK’s first Youth Budget.

For more information or to get involved visit chancetobechancellor.org.uk.