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Enabling just and fair inclusion in our cities

I am a huge advocate of peer-to-peer learning and networking in communities and between community groups. It’s the place where people are able to speak frankly about their ideas, as well as any challenges they have faced, with people like them. I recently realised how...

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...

Sustainable economic development moves communities out of deprivation

Cuts to welfare payments could deal another blow to struggling local economies, with the Government’s reform programme, which aims to move people off benefit and into jobs, taking an estimated £19 billion a year out of working age social security between now and 2015....

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...

What our banks need to do now

We are facing a financial crisis in our communities.  Small businesses and households are finding it increasingly hard to access finance and credit.  This makes them more reliant on expensive forms of finance.  The announcement by Wonga that it is moving into business...