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Getting real; one year on from CDF

Getting real Professional impact of closure There’s not much you can write about an organisation that has closed, other than to note that a year has passed quickly. The Community Development Foundation was around for nearly 50 years and, since it ceased trading on 31...

How community projects are taking on the debt crisis

The Government’s u-turn decision to cap payday loans this week has been welcomed by many charities and campaigning organisations, not least by our very own Community Investment Coalition (CIC). One of the main reasons CDF is involved in the CIC campaign is because it...

Empowering communities to prosper

Last week, the New Weather Institute – a co-operative think tank – launched its book ‘People Powered Prosperity’. It sets out a narrative for very local economics, based on local financial and enterprise institutions. It is an important intervention that kickstarts a...

Giving credit to communities

In August, the Community Investment Coalition (CIC), of which the CDF is a proud partner, responded to HM Treasury’s consultation on British Credit Unions at 50. It remains a worrying fact that there are currently around 1.4m individuals in the UK who do not have a...

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...