We’re back in business and here to help.
The Hartlepool Financial Inclusion Partnership (HFIP) has been relaunched.
And the rebirth of the partnership will provide vital help and support to many families in Hartlepool to help them manage their finances.
That’s the view of Councillor Carl Richardson, deputy leader of Hartlepool Council, who was speaking at the launch of the HFIP.
Representatives from the public, private and voluntary/community sectors form the partnership which was re-established following a major consultation exercise among key organisations in the town.
Councillor Richardson said: “It gives me great pleasure to be given the opportunity to speak at the launch, and I wholeheartedly welcome this initiative.
“The welfare reform changes are putting immense financial pressure on many Hartlepool families, and it’s so important that all the relevant organisations work together to provide the best possible advice and level of support.”
Val Evens, manager of West View Advice and Resource Centre, was elected chairman of HFIP.
She said: “There are many services in Hartlepool to help people manage their financial circumstances, and through the HFIP we will be able to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach and we are best-placed to get the right support to people at the right time.
“Our job will not be easy and we will face challenges along the way. We have a long road to walk and a steep hill to climb, but I am confident that as a partnership we can make a difference to many people’s lives in Hartlepool.”
The first task for the HFIP will be to agree an action plan which will set out the group’s priorities, including timescales and targets.