Pupils from East Leake Academy will be trying their hand at setting next year's Nottinghamshire County Council budget as part of the authority's Budget Conversation tomorrow (Wednesday 7 November).
The youngsters will be the first this year to use the County Council's budget simulator, which puts them in the position of Finance chiefs at the Council and shows the consequences of increasing and decreasing the amount of money spent on each service.
The budget simulator forms part of the County's Council's consultation on its 2013/14 budget which went live on 5 November and runs until 25 January 2013.
It can also be used online at the County Council's Budget Conversation website, www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget
Councillor Reg Adair, Chairman of the Finance and Property Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council will help guide the pupils through the budget setting process.
Councillor Adair said, "The budget simulator is an interactive way for people to give their views on how the Council should prioritise its spending, whilst showing the impact of the decisions they take.
"It helps to bring the budget setting process to life and makes people realise that the Council has difficult decisions to make because it does not have an infinite amount of money.
"We are keen to hear from people of all ages. Hosting events like these in schools helps to engage younger people in the budget debate, raises awareness of Council services and how much it costs to provide them."
Residents can give their feedback about Nottinghamshire County Council's budgets in a number of ways, including using comment cards available in libraries across the county, by telephone to 0300 500 80 80, online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget
or by freepost.
Full details about the budget proposals and how to comment will also be published in the next edition of the County Council's newspaper, County News which will be delivered to all households in Nottinghamshire from 26 November.