FMQs 27th September 2011 – Money Advice

Mark Drakeford: Pa amcangyfrif y mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi’i wneud o’r gofynion sydd ar wasanaethau cyngor am arian yng Nghymru ar hyn o bryd.   
[What estimate has the Welsh Government made of the demands currently experienced by money advice services in Wales.]  

The First Minister: We work closely with the Money Advice Service. We know that it helps very many people when it comes to advice. Demand is clearly high in the current financial climate and we are working with it to ensure that people are aware of all the services that it offers.  

Mark Drakeford: The Department for Work and Pensions announced recently its intention to make benefit payments monthly rather than fortnightly. Would you agree that this can only add to the difficulties for many hard-pressed families in managing on their very limited budgets and that this can only add to the demands already experienced by the Money Advice Service?  

The First Minister: As we encourage people to manage their finances properly, it can only be detrimental when the UK Government makes it much more difficult for them to do so. It is undoubtedly correct that that will provide the Money Advice Service with more work; its services will, inevitably, be in more demand, and this has been done at a time when so many people are worried because of the situation of the world economy and the UK Government’s failure to offer something tangible to deal with it.