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Barclays offers financial advice to Solihull families; BANKING.

A children's charity is launching personal finance lessons for low-income families in Solihull to help them stay out of debt.

NCH, with Barclays Bank, has launched a pounds 1.8 million scheme to run a series of "Financial Futures" workshops at the NCH Children's Centre in Chelmsley Wood.

The courses, run by volunteers from the charity and bank, will help 40 families with finances, covering topics like budgeting, getting the best deal on utilities and working out benefit entitlement.

Linda Davies, the children's centre co-ordinatorat NCH Chelmsley Wood, said: "Many of the families that use our project have to make a little money go a long way and often struggle to make ends meet. Without basic financial tools such as bank accounts or budgeting skills, things can go very wrong very guickly.

"With this partnership we hope to make financial advice accessible and advisors approachable, giving our families the confidence and knowledge to manage their money better and improve their own and their children's financial futures."

NCH Chelmsley Wood Children's Centre is part of a network of seven children's centres managed in partnership between NCH and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
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Date:Sep 6, 2008
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