The Financial Inclusion Commission was delighted to host its first Financial Inclusion Virtual Summit on 15th February 2022. Joined by 145 guests across the financial services, government, not-for-profit and academic sectors, the Conference heard from speakers, such as Rt Hon John Glen MP, Lord Holmes of Richmond, and Sir Hector Sants.

In a video address, John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to HM Treasury reiterated his commitment to a financially inclusive United Kingdom, noting “financial inclusion and how we maximise access to financial products” as one of his highest ministerial priorities. The Minister also noted his view that financial inclusion is “integral” to the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. Sir Hector Sants, Chair of the Money and Pensions Service, echoed these comments on the importance of financial inclusion, while highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on personal finances and outlining MaPS National Strategy for Financial Well-being. 

Attendees were also able to hear from and question Theodora Hadjimichael, CEO of Responsible Finance and Eric Leenders, Director of Personal Finance at UK Finance on the topic of the UK’s Financial Inclusion Road to Recovery following COVID-19. In the Q&A session, vital topics, such as, connectivity between service providers were raised. 

The Commission wishes to thank all our Conference speakers and guests for their contributions to the Conference and is looking forward to welcoming guests again to its follow-up events over the coming weeks.

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