Financial Conduct Authority: Financial Inclusion Debate

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Lord Hunt of Wirral

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Financial Conduct Authority: Financial Inclusion

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Tuesday 22nd March 2022

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Penn Portrait Baroness Penn (Con)
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My Lords, I think a noble Baroness before referenced the credit union sector. It does excellent work in supporting people with access to low-cost credit. I am sure that it is part of our Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, where we bring together representatives from industries of all sorts to look at what more we can do to ensure financial inclusion in this country.

Lord Hunt of Wirral Portrait Lord Hunt of Wirral (Con)
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Would my noble friend the Minister like to reflect for a moment on the excellent work of the Financial Inclusion Commission, which has put forward a plan to ensure that the regulator has a “must have regard” provision to tackle financial inclusion? Will she and her colleagues sit down with that commission and put together an action plan that can see real progress in tackling the issues facing financial inclusion?

Baroness Penn Portrait Baroness Penn (Con)
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My Lords, the Government are absolutely committed to taking action on financial inclusion. That is why we have the Financial Inclusion Policy Forum that brings together industry, consumer groups, the regulator and the third sector. We publish an annual report on the Government’s work on financial inclusion, which sets out the broad range of initiatives and ongoing work to support the sentiment that my noble friend expressed about taking action in this area.