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Headlines from party conferences

Over the past three weeks, CDF has had a presence at the party conferences of the three main parties: Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Whilst it would be impossible to summarise everything that was talked about, here are the three key things that I wanted...

Building healthy communities in an age of austerity

This article looks at the key factors in building a healthy community which includes the ability to access fair finance; for power to reside locally in determining community problems; and for communities to be able to resolve these issues. These factors have become...

Tackling financial exclusion through local action

The launch of the Community Investment Coalition’s (CIC) Community Banking Charter is an important step forward in ensuring that every adult, household and business has access to a basic package of fair and affordable financial tools to enable them to operate in their...

Transparency in banking

The announcement on 17 December 2013, by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), to release lending data at a postcode level, marks a significant turning point in the quest for both greater transparency and greater fairness in...

How community investment could rebalance the UK’s local economy

The effects of the financial crisis on local communities The shock waves of the financial crisis are still being felt in our local communities. It is estimated that over four million individuals are borrowing from lenders charging interest rates of between 450% and...