Independent Advice Providers Forum (IAPF) network

The IAPF works in partnership to provide a strong voice for the independent advice sector in the interests of meeting the advice needs of the people of Wales.

The IAPF will:                                                                       

  • Represent the sector at agreed meetings and committees on issues relating to advice provision and the impact of policies on clients or potential clients.
  • Identify systemic root causes of problems faced by clients and campaign for change where appropriate.
  • Encourage members to work together collaboratively to meet the advice needs of clients.
  • Provide information on the agreed views of the sector in Wales on issues relating to advice provision and the impact of policies on clients or potential clients.
  • Provide opportunities for debate across the sector on issues impacting on the provision of advice and on the lives of the clients or potential clients of the sector.

The IAPF seeks to work with the Advocacy sector through their appointment of the Third Sector Partnership Council deputy representative.

How can an organisation join this network?

The IAPF is made up of:

  • 'umbrella' organisations representing networks of independent advice providers across Wales
  • independent advice providers with a national remit across Wales


What are the current issues for the network?

1. Welsh Government's Advice Services Review

2. Development of an agreed manifesto for action including:              

  • Access to free, independent advice and integration into long-term preventative programmes.
  • Access to free, independent advocacy.
  • Impact of welfare reform including the future of devolved benefits.
  • Impact of Wales' housing legislation.
  • Affordable and decent housing provision.
  • Impact of Social Services, Health and Wellbeing legislation.
  • Impact of discrimination and access to support and advice when facing discrimination.
  • Hate crimes including reporting and advice provision.
  • Use of bailiffs/bailiff.
  • Impact of and education re scams.
  • Tackling Poverty including material poverty, fuel poverty, poverty of opportunity and rural poverty.
  • Financial inclusion including - debt, financial capability and access to affordable credit.
  • Impact of changes to family/relationship advice.
  • Work to relate advice and advocacy to the Future Generations Bill.