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News Release - Regional heat results from Manchester on 26 November 2013

26 November 2013

The fourteenth annual Target Two Point Zero – Bank of England and The Times Interest Rate Challenge is now underway, with 302 teams across the United Kingdom competing for the Challenge Trophy and £10,000 for their school or college.

During the 41 regional heats, teams of four students, aged 16 to 18, will analyse UK and global economic data and their possible impact on inflation and the economic outlook for the UK - just as the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee does each month. The team must then decide if current monetary policy is appropriate or needs to be adjusted, to meet the 2.0 per cent inflation target set by the Government.  In a presentation to a panel of Bank of England judges the team explains their decision then justifies it through their answers to questions from the panel.  The winning team from each regional heat goes on to one of the six area finals to be held in February 2014, with the national final to be held on 28 March at the Bank of England in London.

The team from Withington Girls’ School, Manchester won the regional heat held at Arora Hotel, Manchester on 26 November.  They recommended an interest rate of 0.5% compared with the Bank of England’s official rate of 0.5% set by the Monetary Policy Committee on 7 November 2013. They also recommended a total of £375bn of asset purchases under the Asset Purchase Facility, compared with the £375bn agreed by the MPC on 7 November 2013.

The team from St Mary’s College, Blackburn were runners-up.  The other teams in the heat were:  Oldham Hulme Grammar Schools; The King’s School, Macclesfield; Wilmslow High School; Bolton School Girls’ Division and Xaverian College, Manchester.

The chair of the judging panel, John Young, said “We were impressed not just with what the students knew about economic theory, but how well informed they were about what was happening in the economy”. 

Notes to Editors

If you would like to take a photograph of the team(s) from your area or would like to interview team members, please call the Bank of England Press Office on 020 7601 4411 for contact details.

For further Challenge information see: