STUDENTS COMPETE FOR CHANCE TO BE CHANCELLOR
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to pick up the Chancellor’s historic Budget Box and head to the House to Commons to tell MPs how the country could make ends meet in the coming year?
Such dreams took one step nearer reality when youngsters from across the country were encouraged to compete for the Chance to be Chancellor, an initiative by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with Aviva and The Times.
It was an opportunity for those aged 14-19 to study this year's Budget, to learn more about the country's economic affairs and to deliver their own mock budget.
The students were given a list of ways in which public money could be used but, as in ‘real world' budgets, they had to prioritise the spending and justify their choices by writing a Chancellor's speech to convince the country of their arguments.
An awards ceremony for the competition was held at HM Treasury with the winner, 17-year-old David Hooker, from Merchant Taylor's School, winning a Nintendo Wii Console Sports Pack and a £250 voucher to give to the charity of his choice.