Calderdale Banks will participate in an innovative partnership with Citizens Advice

As part of the partnership, the Yorkshire Building Society is funding Citizens Advice advisers to hold free, confidential appointments one day a week on Mondays at the society’s Brighouse branch on Bethel Street.

The new partnership at Brighouse is part of a significant expansion of the program which was initially piloted across six of the Society’s branches in Yorkshire last year and has already benefited over 530 people.

Following the success of the pilot, the expansion tripled the number of branches offering the program to 18 in Yorkshire and the North West region.

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Peter Jowett, branch manager of the Yorkshire Building Society in Brighouse, said: “The current economic climate with rising inflation, energy price increases and general pressures on the cost of living has highlighted issues that many people face when it comes to financial well-being.

“We are committed to enhancing existing initiatives and establishing new programs to help people of all ages and life stages build financial resilience.

“Our partnership with Citizens Advice is a great initiative for both organizations to be able to increase the supply of support to our community here at Brighouse. This partnership is also part of a £1.8 million investment in communities across the UK in 2021 and 2022 which we are using to help target those most in need.

Appointments are open to all members of the community, not just customers of the Yorkshire Building Society. Citizens Advice advisers will offer independent advice in private meeting rooms to help people with a wide range of issues, including financial well-being.

Each appointment lasts up to 60 minutes and can be booked directly by contacting the Brighouse branch.

Caroline Jones, CEO of Citizens Advice Calderdale, said: “This partnership will help more people get the advice they need. As the cost of living crisis hits everyone in our community, we know many more people will need our help. We invite anyone in need of assistance to contact us.

The 18 Yorkshire Building Society branches that run the program are Ashton-Under-Lyne, Barnsley, Bolton, Brighouse, Castleford, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Rothwell, Sheffield, Stockport, Wakefield and York.

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