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K1: How to verify and record customer identity before providing debt advice, in accordance with both data protection (GDPR), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulation and organisational procedures. Debt Advisers will know the procedures for working with formal and informal advocacy and the relevant consents and authority to act. Back to Duty

K2: How to recognise the signs of customer vulnerability, and how to identify the likely impact that has on both the customers’ financial and general well-being. They must know how and when to sign-post the customer to other forms of support. When to escalate an issue within their own organisation, or externally. Back to Duty

K3: How to establish their customers overall financial circumstances, impact of vulnerabilities, future aspirations, income, outgoings, and debts. How to identify key information likely to affect the customers overall financial situation and decision-making. Back to Duty

K4: The wide potential range of income and capital types such as wages, benefits and savings. How to collect, verify, calculate and manage data relating to the customers income in order to calculate gross, net and disposable income. Back to Duty

K5: Debt types including secured debts (for example mortgage debt), consumer credit debts (for example catalogue debt), priority debt arrear (such as utilities), and informal debts (for instance to friends and family). The Debt Adviser must know the recovery processes and rules for all these debt types. What makes a debt a fraudulent debt and know the procedures needed in these circumstances. The Debt Adviser will know and understand Industry expenditure guidelines. Back to Duty

K6: How to gain the necessary intelligence on the creditor & their typical behaviours, including the creditors normal stance and appetite for interest suppression, negotiation, debt waiver, and legal action. Back to Duty

K7: The range of both debt solutions and expenditure reduction options available, including the costs, benefits, and financial implications for the customer. Income maximisation and the general options available such as employment opportunities and benefit entitlement. Back to Duty

K8: How to access and keep up to date with Financial Conduct Authority rules, guidance and principles relevant to the provision of debt advice / debt counselling. Back to Duty

K9: The ethical standards that the organisation and sector requires of Debt Advisers and the implications of these for the role i.e. Professionalism, honesty, Integrity. Back to Duty

K10: How to create, verify and record customer information securely using an organisations IT system. Back to Duty


S1: Correctly identify the customer and/or any customer advocate by applying regulations and organisational procedures. Identifies the likely impact of vulnerabilities on the customers ability to manage their finances and general well-being. Back to Duty

S2: Creates a realistic financial statement and budget for the customer by asking open and closed questions needed to illicit the full facts, including a root-cause analysis. (This will often be in sensitive or difficult circumstances for the customer). Back to Duty

S3: Represent payment offers and customer circumstances to creditors, adjusting the approach to help ensure the best outcome. Actively influences changes in customer behaviour that is in the customers own best-interests, such as adopting life-style changes that will reduce outgoings. Back to Duty

S4: Identifies external stakeholders relevant to the customer. Creates and maintains a network of stakeholders needed to expedite casework effectively and to conclusion. Back to Duty

S5: Recognises their own value within the team and the impact of their actions on others working in it. Collaborates and supports colleagues internally and stakeholders externally to achieve results whilst also being able to work independently. Builds and maintains positive relationships within their own organisation. Back to Duty

S6: Applies organisational quality standards in order to deliver effective outcomes within the risk, regulatory and governance requirements. Plans and prioritises activity accordingly to effectively manage competing work demands. Back to Duty

S7: Adapts the advice provided taking account of the customers history, including for instance previous advice given and whether this was heeded. Considers both their analysis of the evidence and application of the Regulatory Framework to what is most likely to work well, tailored to the individual customer. Recommends a product, combination of products, or sign-points the Customer to other assistance as appropriate. Articulates to customers who do not wish to proceed with the given recommendation (some of whom may be insistent) why the debt solution recommended is the most appropriate. Take account of the customers own preferences, the term of debt relief and future changes to determine whether alternative solutions are appropriate. Back to Duty

S8: Communicates effectively with customers, colleagues, professional contacts and third parties using written and verbal communication. Offers a clear and full explanation. Uses suitable empathy with the customer to enable a positive outcome. Back to Duty

S9: Recognise, monitor and respond to debt advice events (such as change in circumstances) that will trigger a new or updated assessment. Back to Duty


B1: Displays honesty & integrity in actions and approach to work and customers. Is ethical and non-judgmental and demonstrates the principle of utmost good faith. E.g. acts honestly when dealing with customer queries, ensuring they are treated fairly whilst upholding brand values. Back to Duty

B2: Empathetic and un-bias approach to supporting customers. Show the necessary resilience and stand by difficult decisions. Back to Duty

B3: Takes responsibility for their own continuous professional development, and actively records development in their current role. Back to Duty

B4: Both hears and listens actively to what the customer has to say. Has a probing, inquisitive approach to questioning. Provides assuring responses to help engage the customer where needed. Back to Duty

B5: Supports the customer to make their own informed financial and lifestyle decisions. Takes ownership for the customer journey to an appropriate conclusion. Back to Duty

B6: Strives to resolve customer concerns at the earliest opportunity. Receives and handles objections in a calm, professional manner. Back to Duty

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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

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Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

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FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

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We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

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We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

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