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Consumer champs win through to final

Consumer champs win through to final

A team from Queensbury Special School in Erdington will represent Birmingham in the national final of the Consumer Challenge Quiz, after clinching victory in the Birmingham Heat against rival teams from Special Schools across the city.

The teams faced questions on a variety of consumer issues including, consumer rights, safety and the environment, money matters and labelling.

Mike Gutowski, Acting Team Leader Consumer Education at Birmingham Trading Standards, said:

“The teams have had to display a good awareness of consumer rights. Typical questions included deciding on such scenarios as being refused a refund from a shop and being told to send it back to the manager under guarantee, when you have taken an electrical item out of its packaging. We look forward to the final now in Edinburgh next June”.

The winners received MP3 players and the runners up received gift tokens donated by Borders. All team members who participated received boxes of chocolates donated by Marks and Spencer.

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007 hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Image caption: Pictured from left to right, Steven Morris, Lee Graham, James Finnegan and Natalie Young.

The Consumer Challenge Quiz is an event for children with learning difficulties. It helps to raise awareness of consumer issues, including their rights. It was devised by officers from Birmingham Trading Standards and over 40 local authorities from England, Scotland and Wales take part. The quiz won a special award from the European Union for the Most Original Idea for a Consumer Campaign in 2008.

The Final is held at the annual conference of the Trading Standards Institute.

  • Category: Local Services
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  • Issue date: 27 October 2009