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  I got the chance to create my own budget!
Updated 09 April 2003, 11.47

Sian was one of seven students who participated in Teen Budget.

In her report she explains what this is and also tells us what her own budget would look like.

"I was chosen to participate in a NatWest project called Teen Budget.

This meant I had to think about what I would do if I was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Here's what I would do:

How much would you raise the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes?
I would raise the price from 4.50 to 10.00 because it's not too high that people might go to other countries to buy them but it's high enough to make people think about trying to stop smoking or starting.

Which areas do you think need more money?
I think that we need more police on our streets, more hospital beds and also more money for homeless people.

How much would you raise the price of petrol?
I would raise the price of a litre of petrol from 90p to 1.50 because at this rate people who don't need to use their cars wouldn't.

People that need to use their cars, if they are disabled or if they live in rural areas can still use their cars.

Do you think that we should raise the tax for premiership footballers and people who earn a lot of money?
I think they should have to pay more tax but not too much because otherwise we might drive them out of our country!

Do you think companies that pollute our world should have to pay more tax?
Definitely because if they want to pollute the earth then they should have to have to pay to do so!

Myself and seven others students, and one of our teachers all travelled to London, to Parliament Green, which is where all the interviews with MPs take place.

Red case

We had our photos taken holding a red case similar to the one used by the chancellor and we answered lots of questions about what we would do if we were Chancellor.

Sian with the red case
Sian with the red case
Since then I have done a few interviews over the phone for newspapers, another photo shoot and also some of us got a chance to go on the radio.

Our views

I really enjoyed the experience because a lot of people don't get a chance to speak out about what they think.

This was a perfect way to get our views across as young people."

Sian, 12, Hertfordshire

Why don't you write us a Press Pack report - and get it published on the site?!

It can be about anything that's happened in your local area - or your views on the news.

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