Small Changes set to make big impact

11 Mar 2013 @ 12.01 am
| News

Issued by City of York Council

As part of City of York Council’s commitment to fight poverty, a new booklet on how to manage money and make it go further is being launched today (Monday 11 March) by the council, York Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Aviva.

The free Small Changes booklet builds on existing work by the council to support residents in the current economic climate, the money advice work of York Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and the financial expertise of locally-based national insurance company Aviva with which council has previously collaborated on money management support for residents and which is sponsoring this leaflet.

The booklet is full of information including tips on how to draw up a budget, the best ways to save money, savings and insurance essentials and hints on how to avoid getting into debt. There are also lots of ideas on how to enjoy life in York without having to spend too much money, including low cost family days out and free events and courses.

Councillor James Alexander said: “The council’s work to make York a fairer place has encompassed combating child poverty, a new poverty conference and helping people to manage their money. The contribution of Small Changes is timely and significant and will support those affected by imminent changes to welfare and universal credit, people in debt, single parents or those with large families.”

George Vickers, manager of York’s CAB said: “At the Citizens Advice Bureau, the thing that gives us most satisfaction is seeing people use the advice we give to take control of their own lives. The booklet used the expertise of our money advisers to set out in a clear way how people can take control of their finances and not let their finances control them.”

James Henderson, head of business development at Aviva said: “This is another milestone for the partnership between Aviva and City of York Council further confirming our commitment to the city of York and the financial wellbeing of its residents.”

The booklet will be available from York CAB – based at West Offices from 28 March – and all York libraries and Explore centres from Monday 11 March and can be downloaded from here.

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