Press Release

Aberavon MP Supports National Writing Competition

6th November 2008

Local MP Dr Hywel Francis has called on teenagers in Aberavon to take part in a thought provoking national writing competition.

This fun competition, organised by financial education charity 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 financial 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.

Dr Hywel Francis MP said,

"The ifs competition can help improve writing standards in general, assists in fostering an interest in business & 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 Aberavon 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 Dr Hywel Francis MP in highlighting the educational benefits of this competition"

Anyone aged 14-19 wishing to enter simply has to e-mail their article to [email protected] between now at the closing date of 26th January 2009. For more information visit:

Notes to editors:

Please ensure that 'ifs' appears in lower case to avoid confusion with the IFS (the Institute of Fiscal Studies).

For further information about the ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition please contact Phil Hall ( Head of Media, Public Affairs and ifs Proshare at the ifs School of Finance) on 07813 00 4414 or via email at: [email protected]

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