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Blog | 7 October 2016

Being poor is not just about being unable to afford those ‘nice to have’ things - it’s being forced to pay more for the absolute essentials, such as gas, electricity, banking, household goods and even groceries simply because you are living in poverty. It’s called the ‘poverty premium’ and it is effectively a tax on the poor.

Blog | 27 September 2016

If you live in poverty in this country, you’re more unlikely to have a bank account. And if you don’t have a bank account, you can’t get a direct debit discount for many of your everyday services and utilities. Is that fair? We don’t think so.

Blog | 23 August 2016

Coming from Quaker Social Action’s creaking and “characterful” offices in Tower Hamlets, my director and I were a little out of our comfort zone.

Research | 4 January 2016

Financial services offer the potential to help manage fluctuations in income and expenditure, build resilience against future shocks, and provide the means for people to take advantage of opportunities.
 

Blog | 27 May 2015

There is consensus in the UK that financial exclusion is a major problem. After years of branch closures, and post-crisis pressure to tighten lending standards, high street banks are increasingly withdrawing from lower-income communities and marginal businesses – leaving many individuals, businesses and charities unable to access appropriate and affordable financial services.

News | 9 April 2015

A £9m social investment loan fund is now open for business and actively seeking applications from social enterprises in the North East of England. 

Research | 26 March 2015

With a focus on tackling financial exclusion, this report looks at how the UK can strengthen its community investment sector with lessons learnt from the US experience.

News | 16 February 2015

Threadneedle Investments’ flagship social bond fund has reached over US $100m (£67m)[1][2] in assets under management as it celebrates its first anniversary.

Research | 9 December 2014

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support the financial inclusion sector.

Research | 28 November 2014

Executive summary of report that analyses the data released through the new bank lending data disclosure framework for the first time.

News | 26 November 2014

The Community Investment Coalition (CIC) has welcomed a new report from Coventry University and Newcastle University that analyses the data released through the new bank lending data disclosure framework for the first time.  The research was commissioned by Big Society Capital, Citi, Community Investment Coalition (CIC) and Unity Trust Bank.

Research | 11 November 2014

Report that analyses the data released through the new bank lending data disclosure framework for the first time.

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Blog | 22 January 2014

Today Nesta announces the first social investments, totalling over £2 million, from Nesta Impact Investments - backed by Big Society Capital and Omidyar Network. The £25 million fund is investing in organisations tackling issues, such as elderly care, poor educational standards and financial exclusion, that have social impact as well as providing a potential return for investors.