History

AdviceUK is the UK’s largest support network for free, independent advice centres. AdviceUK was formed in 1979 as the Federation of Independent Advice Centres (FIAC).

In 1979, our founders shared a conviction that people’s rights have no meaning without the means to enforce them. They saw their own work – of providing free information and advice – as a vital contribution to helping individuals and communities in need to enforce their rights and improve their quality of life.

We hold the same conviction today, and whilst the social welfare landscape has radically altered in the past 30 years our commitment to the provision of free, independent advice has not changed.

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