Blog from the CEO

The last few years have seen a number of changes to the international political environment and we await the full impact on the Advice sector. What we know for sure is that in 2017 funding for charities and in particular advice services continue to decrease. The sector has seen a number of agencies merge and some fold, however the resilience of AdviceUK’s members and their determination to continue to help those less fortunate than themselves – despite a huge lack of volunteers, resources and funding – is overwhelming. 

Despite the challenges of the last few years, we see the advice sector – and AdviceUK growing stronger. In 2017 we have launched our new website which makes finding the information you need about AdviceUK easier – whether you are a trustee, member or potential customer or potential member we have created a site that is easy to navigate and intuitive. The website incorporates a number of new tools including our storefront – where amongst other things members can browse and purchase some of our training and qualifications services or apply directly/ renew membership. We also have a donate function for any benevolent members of the public who wish to contribute to the start of our Foundation Fund.

AdviceUK membership stands over 700 – with those members dealing with an estimated two million enquiries per year and managing approximately 1.4 million cases. Whether helping members to sort out their insurance with AdviceUK Insurance Services, manage their cases more efficiently through AdvicePro, make their organisations run more smoothly with the help of AdviceUK’s consultants, or help signpost their clients to the right services through UK AdviceFinder, AdviceUK is proud to be able to play a part in that success.

Stop by for more from us and our blog in 2017, with commentary from me and other AdviceUK members.

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AdviceUK Looks to the Future

The last few years have seen a number of changes to the international political environment and we await the full impact on the Advice sector. What we know for sure is that in 2017 funding for charities and in particular advice services continue to decrease.
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AdviceUK Network Membership for 2017

These are very challenging times for advice agencies and the people who turn to them for help. More difficult times still probably lie ahead. Yet, we have welcomed more new members in 2015 than at any time in the last ten years.
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AdviceUK Network Membership for 2016

These are very challenging times for advice agencies and the people who turn to them for help. More difficult times still probably lie ahead. Yet, we have welcomed more new members in 2015 than at any time in the last ten years.
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WelfareReform.net fully launched

AdviceUK and IncomeMAX are excited to launch the website of their joint venture, WelfareReform.net, which will be a hub for information and learning events relating to welfare reform.
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The Deciding Time for Advice?

Will you take a leap of faith or a methodical approach? The Early Action Task Force's second report The Deciding Time, identifies 6 obstacles in the way of a more preventative, early action approach to tackling the problems and multiple disadvantages that blight many people's lives and cost the country £billions. I
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NfP advice in transition – but what to?

Late last month the Cabinet Office published its report on its review of not-for-profit advice provision in England (PDF) and on the same day released details of the £65mAdvice Services Transition Fund – match-funded and administered by the Big Lottery.
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