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Hanson Voices Support for National Writing Competition

Delyn MP David Hanson has called on local teenagers to take part in a thought provoking national writing competition.

This fun competition, organised by financial education charity the ifs School of Finance, is open to any UK resident aged between 14 and 19.

The competition enables teenagers to test their writing skills by writing a 1,000 word article with the headline: “Should Government encourage home ownership?”

As well as the title “ifs Young Business Writer of the Year”, the winner will also receive a £500 cash prize.

Every year the ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition is judged by a business or finance journalist from a national newspaper. Past judges include Robert Cole from The Times and James Daley from The Independent. This year Peter Taylor, City Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, will judge the competition.

Peter will be awarding marks for demonstrating research, evaluation, analysis and written argument skills as well as for overall reporting style.

David Hanson said:

“The ifs competition can help improve writing standards in general, assists in fostering an interest in business and finance and also encourages students to think about what is a very important issue, especially given the current economic climate.

“I therefore hope that 14-19 year olds in Delyn participate in the competition and wish them every success in doing so.”

Once again, the ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition has a thought provoking and highly topical question. It will be very interesting to see the different views young people have about home ownership as well as the Governments role in encouraging this.

Anyone aged between 14 and 19 who wishes to enter the competition simply has to e-mail their article (which must not exceed 1,000 words) to [email protected]between now and the competition closing date of Monday 26 January 2009.

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Notes to editors:

Please ensure the letters “ifs” appear only in lower case to avoid confusion with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (often referred to as the “IFS”) with whom the ifs School of Finance has no association.

The ifs School of Finance, founded in 1879, is a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter. The ifs School of Finance is currently the only provider of QCA accredited GCSE, AS and A level equivalent qualifications in personal finance and also operates the ifs Student Investor, a national investment competition for 14-19 year olds that attracts over 30,000 teenage participants every year.