Youth Budget 2013 launched at Houses of Parliament
The ‘Youth Budget’ – the result of 1,400 young people taking part in ‘Chance to be Chancellor’ to learn about, and vote on, Budget 2013 – was launched officially on 7th March.
Starting the day at Number 11 Downing Street, over 50 14-18 year olds told the Chancellor George Osborne what they thought he should include in his Budget the following week. After a short walk up Whitehall, the students took part in a debate in Parliament to discuss some of the key issues identified in the Youth Budget with Tom Brake MP, James Morris MP, Shelia Gilmore MP and Teresa Pearce MP.
Chance to be Chancellor also included a video competition which challenged participants to argue their choices for Budget 2013. Young people were invited to vote for the shortlisted entrants and James Read-Tannock (17) of Arnold Hill School & Technology College was the lucky winner of an iPad. Since winning, James has been busy as a youth pundit on Budget 2013, featuring on Channel 4 News (9mins in) and the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show (50:30).