Improving Financial Health: new approaches and innovations
CfRC’s website: www.responsible-credit.org.uk
A joint conference between the Centre for Responsible Credit and the Financial Health Exchange at Toynbee Hall.
An increasing number of British households are in extremely poor financial health: either highly indebted, lacking adequate savings, or both. The combination of a continued squeeze on real wages; Government’s programme of welfare cuts and more precarious employment is driving many to take out credit – often at very high cost. Others are turning to food banks and charities for help to make ends meet or to fund the purchase of basic household items. Whilst credit unions and other non-profit lenders offer affordable credit to some people on low incomes, these have struggled to get to scale. In any event, they are not a suitable option for people who are already experiencing debt problems or are on very low incomes. New models of delivery are needed. So too, are affordable financial products and services that have the flexible features that low to middle income households value. This conference will generate the ideas and energy needed to radically improve financial health outcomes and will showcase the very best new approaches in service and product design.
Who is the conference aimed at?
The conference will bring together delegates from a wide range of agencies involved in the design and delivery of policy and provision at both the national and local levels and will be of particular interest to:
- Financial services providers, including banks, FinTech companies, and the community finance sector;
- Providers of financial capability and financial inclusion projects;
- Housing, consumer and debt advice agencies;
- Local authorities;
- Trade unions and employers; and
- Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.