Pounds, shillings and sense

11th January 2008 at 00:00
An innovative way to raise young people's awareness about debt has been launched in North Lanarkshire.

Debt awareness packs for S4-6 pupils are designed to cover issues such as student loans, Christmas spending and buying a car. The packs were developed by council staff and teachers from Dalziel High, in Motherwell. Brian Miller, headteacher, said: "Through these packs our pupils have managed household budgets, bought cars, gone on holiday, started up savings plans and reduced their outgoings in a safe and responsible environment without any real risk.

"And this means that, hopefully, they will learn how not to face that risk for real, stay out of debt, and show sound financial management in later life."

Stuart Murray, a money adviser with the Citizens' Advice Bureau in Coatbridge, said the packs were "professionally produced and well thought out".

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