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Jeff Goddard.

ISLANDERS in need of unbiased help with their finances can now turn to Jeff Goddard for free and confidential money advice.

Citizen Advice Bureau and the Shetland Islands Credit Union announced earlier this week that Goddard had just completed his training.

“This means that Jeff is a fully trained money adviser able to offer money advice service sessions,” the organisations said.

Goddard retired from his role as financial controller of Shetland Charitable Trust last year and joined the local credit union as its project manager, a post that is paid for through lottery money to the local citizens advice bureau.

He said his money advice sessions would complement the bureau’s debt advice service with “individuals being able to be referred between the two agencies if they wish”.

The Money Advice Service was created by the UK government to improve access to free, unbiased and confidential financial guidance.

It includes:

  • household budgeting
  • pensions and retirement planning
  • mortgages
  • savings and Investments
  • insurances
  • benefits and tax credits
  • borrowing

Goddard added that the service could be helpful to people in many situations.

It may be particularly relevant to anybody dealing with a change in life circumstances such as:

  • retirement
  • moving home (especially setting up a home for the first time)
  • bereavement
  • redundancy
  • starting work
  • starting a family
  • family breakup

Sessions usually last about 40 minutes and can be booked by contacting Goddard on 01595 691044.

Appointments can take place at the offices of Shetland Islands Credit Union in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre or any other suitable venue as agreed.