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23rd February 2012

First Minister launches Money Week 2012

The First Minister has launched Northern Ireland’s third Money Week which got underway today (23 Feb) at a special event in Craigavon’s Civic and Conference Centre. Peter Robinson joined the Financial Capability Partnership NI and Craigavon Borough Council to launch the week-long initiative, which aims to equip local people with the skills and confidence to manage their money better.

From interactive money sessions for young people, workshops where you can get personal advice on saving, budgeting and a benefits entitlement check, to cookery demonstrations promoting cost-effective cooking - there is something for individuals, families and businesses and all events during Money Week are free to attend.

Speaking at today's event, Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council - which chairs the Financial Capability Partnership NI - paid tribute to the work of the partners in organising Money Week and thanked the First Minister for taking time out to help to launch Money Week.

"At a time of economic uncertainty, Northern Ireland consumers need as much help as possible to make the most of their money. I am grateful to Craigavon Borough Council and the members of the Financial Capability Partnership NI for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication in ensuring Money Week in Craigavon is a success. Many innovative and fun events are planned throughout Money Week and I hope as many local Craigavon consumers as possible take advantage of the free events, information and resources on offer. The Partnership is also delighted to have the support of the First Minister today in reinforcing the importance of financial capability to NI consumers and the local economy as a key priority for the NI Executive."

Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Alan Carson said: "Money Week is the ideal opportunity for local residents to learn how to make their money go further, discover how to budget wisely and shop around for the best deal. Come along to one of the many great events being hosted across the Borough to find out more."

The full schedule of Money Week events is available to download at www.consumercouncil.org.uk/money-week/ or by contacting the Consumer Council on 028 9067 2488. There will also be details on the Consumer Council's Facebook and twitter pages.

ENDS

Notes to editor
The Consumer Council leads the Financial Capability Partnership NI which brings together government, banks, building societies, credit unions, the education and community sectors to ensure that we all help consumers to manage their money and make it work best for them.

1. Consumer Council media contact: Irene Overend, telephone, 028 9067 4816 or 07825 147496 or e-mail, [email protected]
2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland's consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.
3. For more information, visit our website at www.consumercouncil.org.uk