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18 June, 2010

Young people meet the Chancellor in run up to emergency budget

On 17 June 2010, with an emergency budget just five days away, this year’s Chance to be Chancellor winner and runners up spoke with the Chancellor in his office to discuss their views on the economy. Following this they accepted their awards at an event, at HM Treasury’s historic Churchill Room, to celebrate their achievements.

The winner, Jamie Ells, 17, from Merchant Taylors' School, in Middlesex, took to the podium to explain his policy choices and the value of taking part in the competition. Chance to be Chancellor is a competition run by the Citizenship Foundation, an education and participation charity, in partnership with Aviva and The Times. It calls on young people across the UK to get to grips with the Budget and give their perspectives on the UK economy.

After meeting the Chancellor, Jamie said, ‘Chance to be Chancellor allowed me to express my own thoughts and meet in person the people who make the decisions. It was amazing to meet the Chancellor and speak to him about the policies I suggested in my entry.'

The entrants were asked to review and prioritise a series of policy options that were taken from the Pre Budget Report 2009. The majority (56 per cent) selected the policy that guarantees a place in education or training or an ‘entry into employment place' for all 16 and 17 year olds. With media reports that younger people have been hit hardest by the recession, this reflects their concerns around finding a job once they leave school or being able to afford to continue with their education. However, the policy that proposed bursaries for 10,000 undergraduates to take short unpaid internships in professions with historically poor access was the least popular policy (16 per cent). The shortlisted entries were judged by a panel consisting of staff from the Citizenship Foundation, Aviva and The Times.

Chance to be Chancellor forms part of the Citizenship Foundation's Paying for It programme, which is run in partnership with Aviva, and is designed to engage young people with the Budget through learning about the economic challenges the Chancellor faces and choices he has to make. The competition is in its third successful year.

Details of winner and runners up
Jamie Ells, 17, Merchant Taylors' School

Runners up:
• Thomas Keeling, 17, Sixth Form College Farnborough
• Gregory Hinks, 17, Merchant Taylors' School
• Jack Kelsey, 18, King Edward VI School
• Thomas Kelsey, 18, Sixth Form College Farnborough
• Oliver Bluring, 17, King Edward VI School
• Ruth Wynne-Jones, 16, Sixth Form College Farnborough
• Steven Cappleman, 17, Sixth Form College Farnborough
• Arvind Norris, 17, Sixth Form College Farnborough
• Thomas Burton, 16, Queen Elizabeth's High School*
*Thomas Burton also won the best ‘submit your own policy' category.


Media contact
For further information or images please contact Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 0207 566 4134 or email emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About the Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity (no 801360) that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, our particular focus is on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. We do this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk
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About Paying for It
Paying for It is an educational programme run by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with Aviva. It addresses the economic elements of the Citizenship, PSHE and Modern Studies curricula at Key Stages 4 and 5 (ages 14-19). The programme includes: free teachers' resources, the Chance to be Chancellor competition and free teacher training.

Register at www.payingforit.org.uk to access free resources, register for teacher training, sign up to receive information about relevant resources and activities and find out how the Paying for It programme can help deliver education for economic awareness.

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