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Justin Welby honours John Kirkby at Lambeth Palace

calendar29 January 2018

Justin Welby honours John Kirkby at Lambeth Palace

'When it comes to inspiring others, sharing his story and championing the poor, John is always ready to go again,' these were the words from the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as he awarded CAP's founder John Kirkby the Langton Cross for Community Service.

The award, previously given to the likes of MP Frank Field and Credit Union champion Sir Hector Sans, was awarded to John for 'service to the poor by equipping the local church to be at the forefront of social change'.

 

Speaking afterwards, John said: 'It's been quite a day. I feel very grateful for the Archbishop's support of me personally and for his being our Patron at CAP. I accept this award on behalf of everyone at CAP. I am humbled and a little overwhelmed.'

New Christian John began CAP from his spare room in Great Horton, Bradford, in 1996 after both working for the finance industry and having his own financial crisis and considers himself CAP's first client. Since those early days, the charity has grown to help around 25,000 people a year tackling both debt and the causes of poverty.

Read John's story here

CAP named Personal Debt Solution Provider of the Year

calendar23 October 2017

CAP named Personal Debt Solution Provider of the Year

CAP has been named Personal Debt Provider of the Year at the Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency (TRI) Awards 2017.

Having won the title of Insolvency Manager of the Year at last year's event, CAP was delighted to be shortlisted for another award and to attend the ceremony in London on Wednesday 17 October.

Members of CAP's Debt Operations team attended the event and were honoured, thanks to support from a judging panel of industry experts.

CAP's Head of Insolvency and Resolutions, Jonny Joslin, said, 'This award is a well deserved reflection of the amazing work all CAP's staff do within our Debt Operations teams. They work with compassion and expertise to see thousands of clients go debt free every year, and it is very encouraging to get this external recognition. It is our passion to provide the very best service we can to our clients, and we are excited to receive recognition of this through the award.'

A list of all the winners from the night can be found here.

CAP receives FCA authorisation

calendar01 June 2017

CAP has today been officially authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA was given significant powers to regulate more than 50,000 consumer credit firms in 2014 when it took over from the Office of Fair Trading. Since this time, it has been progressing through this large number of companies and organisations, rigorously inspecting each one.

As the news was announced, CAP's CEO Matt Barlow said, 'We fully support the FCA in its mission to ensure best practice in the industry on behalf of the consumer. It has long been our goal to offer the very best service to some of the most vulnerable in our society and therefore, I’m delighted the FCA has given us this official authorisation.' 

Applicants each have to meet a range of requirements to receive authorisation with the FCA reviewing business plans, risks assessments, budgets, resources, systems, controls and whether key staff have the necessary qualifications, experience and ability to carry out their roles effectively. The FCA’s comprehensive process has been another step in CAP’s 21-year history that has seen the charity win multiple industry awards including Debt Advice Provider of the Year in 2015 and the Insolvency Team of the Year the previous year.

CAP on BBC Breakfast News

calendar17 March 2017

CAP on BBC Breakfast News

Our very own Daniel Kelly from CAP’s External Affairs department found himself on national TV this week. CAP is one of seven charities asking together for bailiff reform in a campaign called Taking Control. Find out more about the campaign - and add your experience - on baliffreform.org.

Watch Daniel in action on BBC Breakfast News:

Information on website updates

calendar21 February 2017

Information on website updates

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be making some changes to our website. We’re going to try and keep any down time to a minimum, but hopefully you’ll notice some improvements once we’re done!

Here’s some of the stuff we’ve been working on:

  1. We’re making it easier to see the difference your support is making through CAP with a new section called Our impact - here you’ll find all the stories of lives changed and hear what others in industry, politics and public life are saying about us.
  2. The site will make better use of large screens, and be easier to navigate on mobile devices.
  3. Later in March we’re extending our search pages to include CAP Life Skills - our newest service, providing valuable support and skills for those living on a low income.

Our site is a pretty big one so if you come across a page that doesn't look quite right, please bear with us as we may still be working on it!

If web design is your thing, here's something that may be right up your street - we’re looking for a Front End Web Designer and Developer to join our creative team at CAP HQ! To find out more, click here.

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