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About the financial capability forums


Since January 2007 Citizens Advice has supported the regional financial capability forums in England and Wales. There are now 15 forums building on the successful example of the first forum in the north west. 

The forums are led by local Citizens Advice or other community partners and bring together key local and national players from every sector of government and society. Participants support each other by sharing information and experience and the emphasis in all forums is on involving everyone with an interest in delivering or engaging with financial capability.  

The forums have attracted participants from more than 1,800 organisations through regular meetings in their area and have channeled more than £1 million of national funding to forum members to help them promote financial capability in their communities. For example, members have delivered projects such as  Energy Best Deal, and have provided training to more than 150,000 people. Forums also provide members with access to Citizens Advice training materials and programmes.

Why join the forum?

Whether your agency is already experienced in delivering financial capability, is setting up a new service or is just interested, the forum can help you to:

  • meet people from other organisations such as community advice agencies, housing associations, local authorities, credit unions, voluntary agencies, private sector funders, government departments
  • share ideas and experience
  • work with others to help people take control of their money
  • influence local policy and practice.

You can sign up to become a forum member by completing our online membership form, or for more information about the forums please contact your local forum coordinator.