Pupils to gain money skills

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - MONEY - BY KEITH FIND­LAY

Al­liance Trust Sav­ings (ATS) is work­ing with 15 other lead­ing UK fi­nan­cial ser­vices firms and the Tax In­cen­tivised Sav­ings As­so­ci­a­tion (Tisa) in a new project to de­liver money skills to thou­sands of school­child­ren.

With an ini­tial in­vest­ment of £1mil­lion, Kick­S­tart Money will take fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion to nearly 18,000 7-11-yearolds across the UK.

The project has al­ready been recog­nised by the Money Ad­vice Ser­vice and re­ceived fund­ing as part of its What Works Fund.

The first ini­tia­tive to be rolled out will be the Money Twist pro­gramme from pri­mary de­liv­ery part­ner and fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion char­ity MyBnk.

ATS chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­trick Mill said: “We feel it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port and en­cour­age bet­ter at­ti­tudes to­wards money.

“Fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy is an im­por­tant is­sue and, while we know that many sav­ings habits are de­vel­oped at pri­mary school age, par­ents and teach­ers of­ten lack the con­fi­dence to equip young peo­ple with money skills.

“This new in­ter­ac­tive pro­gramme will en­sure that more chil­dren across the whole of the UK have the knowl­edge and skills they need, while at the same time mak­ing fi­nance fun.”

“It will en­sure chil­dren have the skills they need”

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