East Sussex County Council consumer competition for schools

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PUPILS in East Sussex are being asked to take part in a national consumer competition that could lead to prizes for them and cash for their school.

Young Consumers of the Year involves hundreds of schools across the UK, with students being tested on their knowledge of consumer issues including consumer rights, finance, food, health, safety, the environment and Europe.

The team with the top consumer credentials which goes on to win the national final in 2012 will win prizes and gain their school a £1,000 cash bonus.

Organised locally by East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards team, the competition is open to secondary school and college teams of four - from years 10, 11 and 12.

Councillor Carl Maynard, lead member for economy, transport and environment at the county council, said: “The University Challenge style quiz tests the pupils on their knowledge of commercial current affairs and their rights and responsibilities when buying or selling goods and services.”

Winners of each East Sussex heat will go through to the regional final to be held in Eastbourne, with the national final taking place in June.

Secondary schools and colleges in East Sussex that want to take part must register by January 13.

For more about entering or sponsoring the event contact Sophia Mohns at Trading Standards on 01323 463457.