Pounds and pennies

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WIGAN’S MP is calling on borough schools to back an initiative teaching pupils about personal finance.

Every primary and secondary school in Wigan is being given the chance to take part for free in My Money Week (June 3 - 9), which has returned for its fifth year thanks to a new partnership between national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) and Barclays.

The event intends to improve young people’s financial skills, knowledge and confidence through special lessons, activities and debates in schools and other settings across the UK.

Teachers in Wigan can order a free Activity Pack, developed by pfeg, full of creative and engaging financial resources and ideas for how to deliver financial education to young people, from the age of four up to 19.

Young people in Wigan can also take part in the ‘A-Z of Money’, a national competition challenging them to learn more about money through creative writing.

Lisa Nandy MP said: “Money and personal finance are a vital ingredient to our lives and understanding from an early age gives young people a better chance of staying out of the hands of pay day or doorstep lenders in the future.”