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A briefing compiled by Joshua Edwards examining recent innovations in payment systems. This paper aims to outline the key areas of growth in this field, and the impact these developments may have on the financial inclusion agenda.
Islamic banking is growing worldwide. This short briefing offers an overview of Islamic Banking in the UK, including outlining how Sharia compliant products work and what is reuqired of them.
A briefing in response to Andrew Bailey's speech calling for an end to 'free banking' in the UK, and a comparison with a European model.
Parliament has established a new Commission to investigate banking standards. The Commission, comprising of MPs, Lords and economists, has been tasked with calling high profile witnesses from the financial sector to give evidence regarding the failings that led to the financial crisis, and the measures that can be taken to protect ordinary people in the event of another such crash.
This briefing provides an overview of the aims of the commission and outlines what it has heard so far. (November 2012)
A briefing on what collective buying is and how it might develop in the UK
The Commission on Living Standards, hosted by the resolution foundation, has released figures covering the period 1970-2010 which chart the development of living standards in the UK. The numbers compare the relative growth of those in the poorest demographic in terms of earning against higher earning demographics and reveal a growing inequality in UK society.
What are community currencies and do they provide a possible vehicle for increasing financial inclusion.
This comprehensive briefing outlines the history of legislation and regulation of financial education from across the UK, as well as investigating the views of interested groups and examining the evidence for its introduction in to the statutory curriculum.
A briefing on the Government's response to BIS Select Committee’s report on Debt Management
A briefing on mobile payments - what they are and how they might develop