Consumer Skills
07th February 2012

Join BBC Radio Ulster’s Linda McAuley for a Free Money Question and Answer Session at Lurgan Library

•Do you need free independent financial advice?
•Are you confused or worried about debt, how to get benefits, how to cut your bills or how to choose investments or savings products?

Libraries NI in partnership with the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland is leading the way in improving all our finances by holding a special  Money Question and Answer session; “Penny For Your Thoughts” on Tuesday 28th February, 2pm – 3pm in Lurgan Library. 

This free event which aims to improve Craigavon folks’ financial know-how is part of a special week-long initiative, Money Week from 25 February - 2 March 2012, organised by the Financial Capability Partnership and Craigavon Borough Council.

The Chair of our Money Question and Answer Session, Linda McAuley from BBC Radio Ulster’s On Your Behalf will field your money questions to our panel of Money experts. These experts from the Instituteof Financial Planning, the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland and Beat the Recession aim to give you answers on how to improve your money skills. 

So if you have a question about how to cut your household bills and manage your credit card debt, how to find out what benefits you are entitled to, or how to cope with unemployment and repossession why not come along.

Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI, said: “One of the aims of Libraries NI is to promote information services to the public, and we are very pleased to be partnering with the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, to host this free event in Lurgan Library which will give people an opportunity to get answers to their questions from an expert panel.

“At your local library you can find a range of free things to do, including books, computers, daily newspapers, events for all ages, fun activities and space to relax and unwind. As a library member, you can enjoy internet access to gain information on careers, recruitment and financial advice. We would like to encourage people of all ages to visit their local library and join today – it’s free!”

Carol Edwards, Head of Education at the Consumer Council said:  “Giving consumers the opportunity to get expert advice and help on their money worries has never been more important.  We are delighted to work with Libraries NI in organising this exciting event.  We encourage people in Craigavon to come along with their burning issues and questions about their finances and put them to the experts.”  

Admission to the event is free, but booking is essential.

For further information or to book a place, contact Lurgan Library (1 Carnegie Street, BT66 6AS) on telephone number 028 3832 3912 or by email to [email protected]


  1. Consumer Council media contact: Pauline Gordon, telephone, 028 9067 4813 or 079 0997 2704 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.

  1. For more information, visit our website at
  2. Libraries NI is the public library service for Northern Ireland. It came into being on 1 April 2009 as part of the Review of Public Administration. Its services are regionally planned and locally delivered and focus on: support for learning and learners; access to information; cultural and creative development; heritage and digitisation; and reading. Further info available from Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI, The Sidings Office Park, Antrim Road, Lisburn, BT28 3RG.

All Libraries NI media enquiries should be addressed to: Lucy Finney, Libraries NI, Ballymena Regional Admin Centre, 25-31 Demesne Avenue, Ballymena, BT43 7BG. Tel: 028 2566 4105, Email:[email protected]