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Orpington MP urges young people to improve financial skills

PUBLISHED: 15:13 05 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:30 05 November 2014

Jo Johnson MP. Picture: Polly Hancock

Jo Johnson MP. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington, is encouraging local education and training organisations to back Lloyds Banking Group's Money for Life Challenge.

Financial education became part of the national curriculum in September 2014 and the national competition offers a complementary way for young people aged 16 to 24 to learn vital money management skills, while helping to promote financial education in their community.

The challenge seeks to find the most successful and innovative ways that young people can use to improve their money management skills, as well as those of their friends, families and communities.

Teams of up to 10 young people in further education, work-based learning, community learning or a training organisation can apply for a £500 grant to enter the competition, with the support of an individual project sponsor from their organisation.

The closing date for teams to enter is November 21.

Mr Johnson said: “I am pleased that financial education has become part of the national curriculum and encourage young people in Orpington to improve their financial skills and share their newly acquired knowledge with the community through taking part in the Money for Life Challenge.

“I very much look forward to hearing about Orpington’s innovative projects and ideas.”

Visit www.moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk for more information.

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