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Government Departments: Finance

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on the cross-Government review of advice funding in which other Government Departments are involved; which advice organisations have been consulted; and when the review will report its findings.

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The Government announced on 21 November that the Cabinet Office would be conducting a review to ensure that people continue to have access to good quality free advice services in their communities.

Work has now started on the review which will conclude early next year with recommendations to Ministers, and will build on work that has already been done. The review is considering the funding environment for free advice services, likely levels of demand, and how Government can play a positive role.

In conducting the review, the Cabinet Office is seeking the input of a wide range of advice sector stakeholders including national and local advice organisations, representative bodies, umbrella organisations for the sector, and other organisations that play an influential role in determining the landscape of free advice provision. We are doing this through individual stakeholder meetings, roundtable discussions with key sector representatives, and by taking account of recent, relevant research in this area.

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