Young people beat the Chancellor to Budget Day

Tomorrow sees the launch of the Youth Budget 2013.

Previous Youth Budget participant James Ellis laughing in the face of competition

Previous Youth Budget participant James Ellis laughing in the face of competition

It’s the result of work by 1,400 14-18 year-olds across the UK, as part of our Paying for It programme of economic awareness education, supported by Aviva.

These young people are the voters of tomorrow. Can they do a better job than the Chancellor?

Tomorrow, young people will present the Youth Budget to David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

They will also discuss some arguments with an allocated MP, who will make the case for them to the rest of the group. The favourite will be voted on.

Arguments

Welfare

‘Reforming the benefit system is a waste of money. The best way to incentivise people into work is to slash benefits.’
Presented by Sheila Gilmore MP

Health

‘The cost to the NHS of alcohol alone is almost £3bn – to cut costs and improve health the government should deter people from leading unhealthy lifestyles.’
Presented by Teresa Pearce MP

Employment

‘Apprenticeship schemes are a strategy to raise employment figures; they do not improve people’s long-term prospects.’
Presented by James Morris MP

Environment

‘Climate change will cause long term damage in the UK. Flood defences are less of a priority than investment in climate change reduction.’
Presented by Rt Hon Tom Brake MP

The Youth Budget 2013 will be available online tomorrow: http://youthbudget.org.uk

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

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