News from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings

Polly Taylor reports on the latest credit union developments.

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Polly Taylor
Couples planning to tie the knot in one of the Church of England’s busiest dioceses for weddings could be handed a leaflet giving them budgeting tips for paying for their big day and offering them free credit union membership.

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Fr Rob Wickham, Area Dean of Hackney explains why local churches are part of a campaign to  sign up 500 new credit union members in Hackney.
 

“Debt is a huge problem in Hackney, and destroys people’s lives…….  Read more
 

Watch footage from the Hackney sign-up in this short film made for the 2015 Trinity Wall Street Institute conference ‘Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference for Economic Equality’, the event will include a live-stream conference session from New York with Archbishop Justin Welby that will be featured at the LSE Faith Centre on Friday 23rd January (see details below).
EVENTS

Archbishop Justin Welby is speaking at two events in January:

Financial Inclusion:The Next Step Forward
American Square Conference Centre, London
Monday 19th January 2015
(with reduced fees for credit unions and charities)

Inequality And The Common Good
LSE Faith Centre, London
Friday 23rd January 2015
(with a video link from Wall Street Conference, New York)
 

CDFA Report 2014

The CDFA have published their new report Inside Community Finance: The CDFI Industry in the UK 2014. Key findings show that in 2014 Community Development Finance Institutions lent £72m to 13,230 businesses, and £19m to 42,000 people.
 

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