Youngsters learn about money issues

Scotforth St Paul's.
Scotforth St Paul's.

Pupils from six local primary schools were introduced to the dilemma faced by councils up and down the country – which services should be cut to save money.

Children from Scotforth St. Paul’s CofE, Bowerham, Greatwood, North Road, Carnforth, Nether Kellet and Arkholme CofE took part in the Pupil Power Day at Morecambe Town Hall during Local Democracy Week.

Working in groups alongside city councillors and officers, the children were given £14m to spend – but with the services on offer adding up to £18, they had to carefully prioritise.

The aim of the day was to enable the children to get to know which services the council provide and the tough decisions that need to be made when there is not enough money to fund all of them.

Other activities during the day included a mock election and mock council meeting in the council chamber.

Every pupil was issued with a ballot paper and gave careful consideration to the manifestos of each political party standing.

This was followed by pupils listening to made-up motions from the candidates including a motion to stop encouraging recycling, which provoked a number of debates amongst the children.

All the children who took part were presented with a certificate by the Mayor, Councillor June Ashworth.