Last Tuesday, a small group of academics, church leaders and practitioners met together to discuss the topic of financial exclusion. But what does financial exclusion really mean? As a policy issue, it covers a web of interlocking issues that can feel overwhelming and hard to pin down.
Through this event we wanted to deepen our understanding of the issues involved, their causes and consequences, and what can be done about them.
We kicked off the day with Paul Jones, lead of the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion at Liverpool John Moores University. He spoke about how financial inclusion is actually more about social inclusion - it’s more about people feeling a full part of society than having a few pounds off their electricity bill. That’s why it’s so important. Matt Padley of Loughborough University then gave a brief response to Paul's talk.
We then heard from David Clough, Prof of Theological Ethics at Chester University, who argued that theology can help us to reframe important questions and remind us why they require a response. Taking us through a Biblical and historical Christian approach to wealth and property, he argued that there is only one true owner of anything – God – and that it is our responsibility to use what he gives us for the benefit of all.
This event was organised by Church Urban Fund and Edinburgh University Divinity School. It is the third of four events, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, that will bring people from different disciplines and sectors to talk about poverty issues.
In the afternoon, we heard from three local projects that address various aspects of financial exclusion.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us on the day, it was so encouraging to hear about the fantastic work going on.
If you weren’t able to be there on the day, but have any comments on the content here, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Please email Bethany Eckley or call 020 7898 1141.
Author: Bethany Eckley
Date: 30 September 2015
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