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Talk Money Week 2021

Published: Tuesday, 9th November 2021

Birmingham City Council is supporting Talk Money Week, the annual campaign to get the nation having conversations about money.

Talk Money Week in Birmingham aims to encourage people to have conversations about money, as nine out of 10 people – that’s 47 million UK adults - aren’t talking about money, despite COVID-19’s effect on personal finances.

This winter, many of people are worried about our energy bills. Prices have gone up, but for many people their incomes have stayed the same, or even fallen. During Talk Money Week (8 to 12 November) we’ll see the launch of Birmingham’s Worrying About Money? cash first leaflet.

This is a straightforward resource for people facing financial crisis, and anyone supporting them, to quickly see the help and advice options available and the local agencies best placed to help.

Birmingham’s Financial Inclusion Partnership will also be launching our #WarmBrum campaign, with information on the advice, support and grants available to help you reduce fuel debt, improve the energy efficiency of your home to help you reduce your energy bills, be more eco-friendly and stay healthy.

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, said: “The pandemic and its aftermath has left a lot of people in Birmingham worrying about making ends meet. That’s why it’s so important that we talk about money and let people know about the support that’s available to them.

"We’ve got some brilliant partner agencies providing financial advice, counselling and support in neighbourhoods across the city, and we’re working with them to make sure that people know how to get in touch and get the help they need”.

Cllr Shabrana Hussain, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, added: "With Talk Money Week and COP26 a key focus for the nation this week, we’re working hard in Birmingham to promote the help available in making homes in the city more energy efficient by promoting a new council energy grant – helping pockets and the planet whilst also improving living conditions for those most in need”.

For more information about support available to householders to help keep their homes warm and heat efficient, visit the Act On Energy website.

For tips on talking about money to family, friends and children, visit the Money Helper website.

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