Sarah Burgess


Financial Inclusion Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre, Wales Co-operative Centre

Blog Posts

A budget is for life, not just for Christmas

Christmas can be a very expensive time of year that can mean many people creating a debt that takes much of the year to pay off. What if there were ways to survive the festive season without breaking the bank? Start early – spread the cost of Christmas over longer to reduce the need to […]

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‘Blue Monday’ – A New Year Reality Check

The first few weeks of the year can be a tough time for many and once the reality of the last few months spending begins to dawn it’s been said that the third Monday in January, or ‘Blue Monday’, can be a time for increased anxiety and depression. Bearing this in mind now may be […]

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Mr. Bishop’s story highlights importance of ‘Your Money, Your Home’ work

Mr. Bishop is a 44 year old man living in a private rented house in Blaina. His landlord contacted us after attending a recent Blaenau Gwent Landlord Forum, co-hosted by the Wales Co-operative Centre. He was concerned that his tenant may find it difficult to manage his money once Universal Credit comes in. Following an […]

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Time for you to take the budgeting challenge?

Do you have a budget? Have you added that extra direct debit to your current budget? Have you sat down and thought about how often you pop into a coffee shop for a skinny latte? How many Friday night takeaways you’ve had this month? And how it all may add up? Are you concerned about […]

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Citizens Advice insight highlights vital financial inclusion role

I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on a day that I’ve spent with Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Citizens Advice Bureau, to understand how our ‘Your Money, Your Home’ (YMYH) project can work better in partnership with a key service. Recently I met with Jan Channing and Ann Matthews of Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Citizens Advice […]

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Helping people access online tools to manage their money in challenging times

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the recent budget announcements will have wide ranging impacts on welfare benefit recipients.  The changes have placed financial inclusion high on the political agenda.  Those who are aware of the changes may well be feeling anxious about how they will manage their finances, following a cap on benefits and […]

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