There's a chance to finally get financial education in schools. A group being formed for MPs are forming to try and make this happen and we need your help to persuade your MP to join it.
For 20 years, since student loans launched, we've educated our youth into debt, but never about debt. Now student loans are set to get bigger and costlier, so it's never been more important to get consumer finance education in all schools.
Two easy steps to email your MP
MSE been involved in helping get an ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’ on Financial Education set up, so all MPs who care can gang together to help it happen - please use the info below to ask your MP to join it.
Go to parliament.uk
Enter your postcode into Parliament.uk then click on your MP's name (not web address), next to 'Member for this constituency', as shown below, and check for an email address .
If you can't find an email for your MP ask for help in the Financial Education Campaign discussion thread.
Email them a message
To help, here's a template to copy - highlight the text from here, then copy it (CTRL & C) and paste it (CTRL & V) into your email.
Even better, amend & personalise it with your own thoughts, views and experiences.
I'm a constituent of yours and am writing to ask that you join the 'All Party Parliamentary Group for Financial Education for Young People' due to be launched on 31 Jan 2011.
On the back of the debt ridden financial crisis and tuition fee rise I think ensuring young people understand money, consuming and debt is more important than ever– and I'm not alone. 97% of a poll of 8,000 supported compulsory financial education in schools (source: MoneySavingExpert.com) and over 30,000 people signed FinancialEducationPetition.com.
This would help ensure less mis-selling, better informed consumers, and maybe less future national financial problems. The APPG will allow you to represent me and other constituents, you can join at the event or by contacting Justin Tomlinson MP's office, please let me know your intentions.
Yours sincerely, ENTER YOUR NAME & POSTCODE (TO PROVE YOU'RE A CONSTITUENT)
Let us know in the Financial Education Campaign discussion thread if you get a reply.
Background to the All Party Parliamentary Group?
Teaching kids about money, debt, saving, being a consumer and not being impulse driven is the most potent solution we have to mis-selling scandals, debt crisis, and giving us a more efficient economy.
We've been working with Justin Tomlinson MP and pfeg on the launch of the first ever ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for Financial Education for Young People' which will allow MPs from every party to gang together to lobby for this change.
The launch is set for the 31 January 2011 and while many MPs are keen we need your help to get more.
Educate your kids yourself now
Change takes time, so it's also worth looking at what you can do to educate your kids now - download the free teen cash class or play the My Money Fortunity game. Plus, find out more about the full financial education campaign.