AdviceUK currently has 25 member organisations in Wales. To see where our members are located, please click here for a map.
- Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry – the impact of housing benefit changes in Wales
Click here to see evidence submitted by AdviceUK.
- Breaking the Mould: helping advice services in Cardiff to do 'better things'
AdviceUK is working with Riverside Advice and Speakeasy Advice Centre to understand and design their services 'outside-in', from a customer perspective. If you would like to find out more, we have produced a one-page introduction to the work. This is part of our wider activities pioneering the use of Vanguard Consulting's Systems Thinking approach, see our BOLD website pages for further details
- Welsh Government's Advice Services Review
The Welsh Government announced a review of advice provision in June 2012. The terms of reference are available to download below (Background policy material). AdviceUK is working with member organisations to engage with and respond to the Review. We issued an initial response - download below. Contact Dal Warburton for more information. The Government wrote to advice providers on 24 August 2012 about the review, requesting information about services and funding. AdviceUK facilitated a meeting on 19 September 2012 between member organisations and the Welsh government, click here for a copy of the notes. We are expecting publication of the initial findings of the review in the first half of 2013, but no definitive date has been given.
- Wales on the Edge: Cuts Watch Cymru report on how UK Government welfare reforms are likely to impact people living in Wales
- Crisis loans: Experiences of People in Need: the experiences of people in South East Wales who have had to turn to the DWP for a crisis loan.
- Smarter advice: AdviceUK is driving new thinking about the design and delivery of advice services. You can find out more about the approach on our blog and on the BOLD pages of our website.
- Funding: at a time of increasing demand for advice, many voluntary sector organisations struggle to find the resources to help people in need. We want the Welsh Government and other funders to recognise and invest in the vital services that our members provide.
- Fuel poverty: a number of members are working in this area. You may be interested in the work of NEA Cymru and the Fuel Povery Action Network
Cuts Watch Cymru
AdviceUK has joined forces with Cuts Watch Cymru to communicate the experiences of people living in poverty in Wales - in the context of big spending cuts and major changes to the welfare system. With almost 700,000 people in Wales already living below the poverty line, we are deeply concerned at the possible consequences for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Background policy material
- Welsh Government Advice Review Mapping Questionnaire (Word)
- Welsh Government letter to advice providers, 24 August 2012 (English)
- Adolygiad o Wasanaethau Cynghori yng Nghymru, Llywodraeth Cymru, 24 Awst 2012
- Welsh Government Advice Review Terms of Reference
- Welsh Government Advice Review - AdviceUK's initial response
- Devolution in Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action presentation
- Bridgend, Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan CLAN proposals - our response
- An alternative to CLACs and CLANs for Wales? Feasibility study asks questions
Wales Independent Advice Providers Forum
AdviceUK is represented on this Forum, which brings together representatives of advice providers in Wales and has a seat on the Welsh Government's Third Sector Partnership Council. The purpose of the Forum is to work in partnership to provide a strong voice for the independent advice sector in the interests of meeting the advice needs of the people of Wales. Terms of Reference for the Forum are available to download below.
Chilli Reid, Head of Development & Policy, Tel: 0300 777 0107 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dal Warburton, Development Consultant, Tel: 07840147782 E-mail: email@example.com
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