This is a fantastic scheme being run by the Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with Aviva, for young people in East Surrey to take up the challenge to learn about, and share their opinions on, the 2012 Budget. Sorting out our economy is one of the biggest challenges in politics at the moment, and we need innovative solutions if we are to reduce the deficit, rebuild our national competitiveness and foster the growth that will create jobs. I’m delighted that this opportunity exists to encourage young people to engage with the problem, and have their chance to tell the Government how a budget could look. Running until the 20th February, this is a national competition for 14-18 year olds to win great prizes and visit HM Treasury in London. So if you’re a budding Chancellor then please make your submission to the website www.chancetobechancellor.org.uk and hopefully we’ll have an East Surrey finalist!