Delyn MP David Hanson is calling on constituents to try out a new online health check, launched this week by the Money Advice Service.
In less than ten minutes, the free and unbiased health checkwww.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/healthcheck provides a personal action plan to help people stay on top of their money today, and plan to meet future goals.
Following his attendance at the launch of the health check in Parliament on 8 June, David Hanson said:
“I know that there are people in Delyn who are worried about everyday money and don’t know where to turn. The launch of this new health check will help ensure people know where to go for help, know their choices and know how to take the practical steps to feel better about their money. I would urge everyone to try the Money Advice Service’s free health check.”
Gerard Lemos, Chairman of the Money Advice Service, said:
“Our new online health check is designed with your attitudes to money and your aspirations for life in mind. In less than 10 minutes the health check identifies the top three things you and your family can do to make the most of your money right now, and to plan for future goals. The advice is free and unbiased and won’t sell them anything. I am delighted that David Hanson is supporting our work and helping to spread the word about the free help available.”
The interactive health check asks a series of straightforward, multiple-choice questions and uses the answers to produce a personal action plan. For example, the plan will suggest ways to:
· stay on top of your day-to-day money;
· check you have enough emergency savings;
· make the most of your savings;
· make sure you can cope with a change in circumstances.
To help the nation take charge of their money, the Money Advice Service is also running a TV and online advertising campaign called ‘Helping you feel good about money’, to raise awareness of the Service so that everyone knows where to turn for free, unbiased money advice.
For more information on the Money Advice Service and the new health check, visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About the Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service is an independent organisation. It gives free, unbiased money advice across the UK – online, over the phone and face-to-face. To book a local face-to-face advice session, customers can call:
– England 0333 321 3434
– Scotland 0808 800 0118
– Northern Ireland 0333 321 2424
– Wales 0300 330 0520
The Service was set up by Government and is paid for by a statutory levy on the financial services industry, raised through the Financial Services Authority. Its statutory objectives are to enhance the understanding and knowledge of members of the public about financial matters (including the UK financial system); and to enhance the ability of members of the public to manage their own financial affairs. The Service has an independent Chairman and board appointed by the Financial Services Authority. It was formerly the Consumer Financial Education Body.
Research from the Money Advice Service indicates that nearly 17m people in the UK are worried about day-to-day money yet nearly 23m people are unaware or unsure of where to find free, unbiased money advice
· Source: TNS Omnibus Mar 2011 (ad hoc research) 3,000 adults were asked: ‘would you say you are worried about your day-to-day money and making ends meet?’, 33% (= nearly 17m people) said yes.
· Source: TNS Omnibus Mar 2011 (ad hoc research) 3,000 adults asked: ‘thinking about credit and borrowing, would you say you know where to go to get free unbiased advice’, 46% (= nearly 23m) were unsure or unaware where to go.