The Independent Advice Providers Forum is the representative
voice of the independent advice sector network in Wales.
The purpose of the national forum is to work in partnership to
provide a strong voice for the independent advice sector in the
interests of meeting known and emerging advice needs of the people
● Represent theadvicesector 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
● Encourage members to work together
collaboratively to meet the advice needs 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
● Invite relevant speakers (e.g.
funders; policy-makers; researchers) as determined by the
The IAPF seeks to work with the Advocacy sector through their
appointment of the Third Sector Partnership Council deputy
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.
How can an organisation join this network?
If you would like to find out more about the IAPF and how to
join, please contact: email@example.com.
What are the current issues for the
1. Engaging with Welsh Government's Information and
Advice Action Plan (IAAP) which commits the Welsh Government to
ensuring there is a co-ordinated, cost effective, and sustainable
provision of quality assured social welfare information and advice
services throughout Wales by 2026.
Key themes of the IAAP include:
● Improving funding, commissioning and
delivery of advice services
● Developing a quality assurance
● Developing regional advice
2. Development of an agreed approach for action
● Improving access to free, quality-assured,
● Improving access to free, independent advocacy
● Integration of advice and advocacy into long-term
● Demonstrating the positive impact of advice
services in promoting the wellbeing and prosperity which are
essential to building resilient communities in the context of
future generations, social services and health legislation.
● Sharing information on known and emerging advice
● Tackling root causes of issues to prevent problems
adversely affecting individuals and communities
● Evidencing and mitigating the impact of welfare
● Reviewing the impact of Wales' housing legislation
on the provision of affordable and decent housing provision
● Promoting access to advice and reporting tools for
individuals and communities facing discrimination and hate
● Sharing public legal education information and
preventative approaches e.g. scams awareness
● Tackling poverty including material, food, fuel,
rural poverty and poverty of opportunity
● Promoting financial inclusion including access to
debt advice, financial capability guidance, affordable credit and
informing better enforcement practices
● Monitoring the impact of changes to legal aid e.g.
access to family/relationship advice