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Access to Financial Services - Weblinks

The links below all have information about the range of financial services that are available and how to access them.

We are not responsible for the content of other organisations' websites.

Association of British Insurers (ABI)
Represents the collective interests of the UK insurance industry. The Association speaks out on issues of common interest; helps to inform and participate in debates on public policy issues; and also acts as an advocate for high standards of customer service in the insurance industry.

Birmingham City Council Loan Shark Team
Helps people having problems with illegal moneylenders. Deals with other bodies such as the Police, voluntary agencies and debt advice agencies to provide support to those who need it. Victims of loan sharks can get advice and support. The team will also investigate and prosecute loan sharks.

British Bankers' Association
This is the leading UK banking and financial services trade association and acts on behalf of its members on domestic and international issues. Its 225 banking members are from 60 different countries and collectively provide the full range of banking and financial services.

Community Development Finance Association (CDFA)
The CDFA is the trade association for Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs are sustainable, independent financial institutions that provide capital and support to enable individuals or organisations to develop and create wealth in disadvantaged communities or under-served markets.

Consumer Credit Counselling Service
The Consumer Credit Counselling Service is a registered charity whose purpose is to assist people who are in financial difficulty by providing free, independent, impartial and realistic advice.

DoughUK
Detailed information about nine aspects of personal finance that are specifically relevant to young people aged from around 14 to 24 or so.

Financial Services Authority
An independent body that regulates the financial services industry in the UK. They have a wide range of rule-making, investigatory and enforcement powers Their Statutory Objectives and Principles of Good Regulation can be summarised in three strategic aims: 1. Promoting efficient, orderly and fair markets; 2. Helping retail consumers achieve a fair deal; and 3. Improving our business capability and effectiveness

Guardian Money
The Guardian newspaper's financial information website offering general news and information on financial matters.

HM Treasury
The Treasury is the United Kingdom's economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the Government's financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.

Jobcentre Plus
This is a Government agency supporting people of working age from welfare into work, and helping employers to fill their vacancies.

Money Made Clear
Impartial information from the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Includes basic guides to money management, information on dealing with life events and financial products explained, including comparative tables.

National Consumer Council
Their aims are to put users at the heart of public services, make markets work for consumers, ensure that disadvantaged and vulnerable consumers get a fair deal and achieve more sustainable consumption.

National Housing Federation (NHF)
A listing of information and articles related to Financial Inclusion on the NHF website

Office of Fair Trading
The UK consumer and competition authority. Encourages businesses to comply with competition and consumer law and to improve their trading practices through self-regulation. Empowers consumers to make informed choices and get the best value from markets, and helping them resolve problems with suppliers through Consumer Direct.

Pay Ahead, Stay Ahead
Pay Ahead Stay Ahead is a Big Lottery funded programme that aims to support young people to manage and get the most from their money, stay out of debt and start saving. The programme is open to new and prospective social housing tenants aged 16 to 24 in Birmingham and runs from September 2013 to March 2016. They offer fun, interactive workshops, informative online guides and directories and useful tools on how to manage your money.

Services Against Financial Exclusion (SAFE)
Toynbee Hall produces practical innovative programmes for young people and families, adults, and older people, to meet the needs of local people, improve conditions and enable communities to fulfil their potential.

TaxAid
A UK charity providing free tax advice to people who cannot afford to pay a professional adviser. The service is independent and confidential.

This is Money
From the publishers of the Daily Mail, a site offering a wide range of financial information on saving, banking, credit, loans, insurance and many other subjects.

Credit Unions

Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL)
Information and news about Credit Unions throughout the UK. Find a Credit Union near you.

UK Credit Unions
A National Trade Association for Credit Unions, steering groups and Credit Union support organisations.