The Institute of Financial Planning is rallying support behind the UK's first financial planning week to be held from September 8-14.
The aim of the week is to co-ordinate action to raise awareness of the importance of financial planning and help consumers work to improve their finances.
It will link into existing services and will rely on support from IFP’s members in 23 regions as well as the media and other parts of the financial services industry.
Aimed at the whole population, the initiative will be impartial and offer a generic service which will not push specific products onto consumers.
Financial adviser referral information will be given to consumers who want more helping with their financial arrangements.
Events will include the release of the 2008 IFP survey of 1500 UK consumers aged between 30-55 giving their views on financial planning.
During the week, there will be a focus on different themes every day including: setting goals, budgeting, making the most of what you have, protection and savings and investments.
A new jargon-free website will also be launched which will link to relevant sites and include daily polls, case studies, an online forum, tools and calculators.
Commenting on the Financial Planning Week, Nick Cann, IFP CEO, says: “The economic conditions are conducive to people wanting to take control of their spending.
“"Financial Planning Week is aimed at everyone and we want to get it out to as many people as possible. The aim is to build the Financial Planning Week year on year and build up consumer awareness.
"They already have financial planning weeks in the US and Australia and we have learnt from these initiative to bring them to the UK.”
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