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Gale and Sandys back national writing competition

North Thanet’s MP, Roger Gale and South Thanet’s Laura Sandys have called on young people in East Kent 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.
Commenting on the competition, Roger Gale said:  
“The ifs competition can help improve writing standards in general, assist in fostering an interest in business &  finance and also encourage young people  to think about what is a very important issue, especially given the current economic climate.
And Laura Sandys adds:
“We know that we have a great deal of young talent in the area and I  hope that 14-19 year olds in East Kent will  participate in the competition and wish them every success in doing so.”
Anne Kiem, Dean of Further Education at the ifs School of Finance, said; 
“We very much welcome the support of Roger and Laura in highlighting the educational benefits of this competition.
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 between now and the competition closing date of Monday 26 January 2009.
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