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
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
What are the current issues for the
1. Welsh Government's Advice Services Review
2. Development of an agreed manifesto for action
- 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
- Impact of Wales' housing legislation.
- Affordable and decent housing provision.
- Impact of Social Services, Health and Wellbeing
- Impact of discrimination and access to support and advice when
- 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