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Consumer challenge quiz for young people

Date: 07/03/2012           Category: Trading standards

Pupils consumer knowledge will be put to the test next week when they are quizzed by members of the councils Trading Standards Team.

Young and vulnerable people are often victims of dodgy sales and many don’t know what to do if they get home and find that the latest DVD or computer game they have just bought is damaged.

To help raise awareness, five of Medway's Special Education Needs schools have been invited to take part in the annual consumer challenge quiz, designed especially for them.

The quiz will be held at Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive School on Wednesday, 14 March. The five schools taking part are: Hundred of Hoo School, Hoo St Werburgh Centre, Silverbank School,
Bradfields School and Rivermead School.

Questions will centre on consumer rights, managing money and the signs of a dodgy deal and will give vital information about how to avoid the many pitfalls of shopping in the 21st century – including shopping on the internet.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: "This is an entertaining and educational way to help vulnerable young people learn about their rights as consumers and to feel confident making purchases. The nature of the quiz is also a great exercise in teamwork and competing."