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  Celebs should pay more tax, say budget kids
Updated 03 April 2003, 17.33
Kids reckon top footballers like David Beckham should pay more tax
Kids reckon top footballers like David Beckham should pay more tax

Top pop stars and Premiership footballers should pay more tax, kids reckon.

Young people spoke their minds about what the country's money should be spent on in the first-ever Teen Budget in the UK.

Eight out of 10 kids asked said high-earning celebs should pay more tax on their wages. This would help the government pay for better health services and improving the environment, they said.

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Chancellor Gordon Brown with his budget briefcase
Chancellor Gordon Brown
The budget, led by Chancellor Gordon Brown, is on 9 April. It's when the government decides how it's going to get the money it needs, by increasing taxes on things like cigarettes and petrol.

Other top findings in the survey by Natwest were:

  • Cigarettes should cost 20 a packet
  • Only one in five kids said the price of cigarettes should stay the same
  • More cash to stop animal cruelty
  • Money to help people make their homes more 'green'
  • Cash boosts for hospitals, homeless people, schools and emergency services

Some of the Teen Budget children
Sian, 11, from Watford, who took part in the survey, said: "I think a packet (of cigarettes) should be 10. This would discourage people from smoking."

And Amy, 14, from Northwood, said: "I think nurses definitely deserve to be paid more. They work really hard."

Come back here for more kid's views on Budget Day on 9 April

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