On Monday 3 October, the Commission was delighted to host a reception at Conservative Party Conference, for Conservative MPs, and the broader financial inclusion community to come together in Birmingham, where the new government’s agenda and aspirations were presented and debated.
We were honoured to have as our guest speaker Jane Ellison MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, who gave an impassioned speech highlighting the important role comprehensive financial inclusion can play in building a fairer society, as part of the government’s broader agenda of creating “a country that works for everyone.”
In addition to Ms Ellison’s remarks, Commissioner Jeremy Quin MP our Conservative Parliamentary Champion, as well as our chair, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, called on the government to prioritise financial inclusion, noting recent successful engagement the Commission has been undertaking, in the hope of a new revitalisation of interest in financial inclusion in the policy agenda.
Among those the Commission were privileged to welcome as guests were Minister of State for Employment Damian Hinds MP, Treasury Select Committee Member Steve Baker MP, Education Select Committee Member Education Select Committee, Kit Malthouse MP and John Godfrey, Director of Policy for 10 Downing Street.
The Commission would like to thank all of those who attended and made the event such a great success. We hope that following this Conference, financial inclusion will be taken on board by the May government to help build a stronger and more inclusive Britain.