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10,000 reasons to get your money sorted out this year

Debt charity Christians Against Poverty has revealed that a record number of people are learning how to budget, spend and save on its free money courses ...

Debt charity Christians Against Poverty has revealed that a record number of people are learning how to budget, spend and save on its free money courses.

A whopping 10,000 people used the CAP Money Course in 2013 alone – now the charity hopes it will serve as a recommendation to others thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

Course development manager Edd Parker said: “It’s great that so many churches together have empowered literally thousands of people to help people gain control over their finances. And with lots more courses planned throughout 2014, we hope to see thousands more learning how to manage their money.”  

The CAP Money course, usually run over three sessions, is for anyone whether unemployed, receiving benefits, working, self-employed, retired, newly married or recently divorced. Each session give advice and practical tools on how to budget, save and prevent falling into serious debt.

Edd added: “Lots of people told us they’d never had the opportunity to learn the basic skills before coming on the course, so it is great that churches are able to offer this free service in their local communities.”

One course attendee said: “I was struggling financially, so when I heard about the CAP Money Course, I booked myself on. I wrote everything down in my budget and started doing the cash part straightaway.

“Through my CAP budget, I managed to save up to buy a car, which I paid for in cash. It was great to hand over the money knowing it was my car that I had saved up for.

"Last year, I paid for Christmas totally up front. I didn’t borrow a penny - it was awesome! I’ve even got a budgeting app on my phone, which allows me to see what I can afford.”

Training for churches to deliver the course are scheduled throughout 2014. Call 01274 760567 to find out more.

To find a CAP Money Course near you, go to www.capmoneycourse.org

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