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Financial Inclusion Partnership

Birmingham puts the financial wellbeing of our citizens at the heart of what we do.
The Financial Inclusion Partnership brings together organisations from across the city to provide help and advice to those who need it.


The Financial Inclusion Partnership works to:

• Improve the financial health and wellbeing of Birmingham citizens
• Close the gap between areas of deprivation and not so deprived areas
• Reduce financial vulnerability in Birmingham.

Many people can't access mainstream financial products such as bank accounts and low-cost loans. They are more likely to use the alternative credit market and pay higher levels of interest, which can lead to poverty and financial and social exclusion.

The West Midlands is one of the areas across the country with significant numbers of people who don't have access to mainstream financial advice, affordable credit or banking.

Partner Organisations

To tackle these problems Birmingham City Council established a Financial Inclusion Partnership to tackle the problem of financial exclusion by working in partnership with key organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Consumer Credit Counselling Service, Job Centre Plus, Credit Unions, Housing Associations, Banks and Utilities. Visit our partners page to learn more about the organisations that contribute to Birmingham's Financial Inclusion Partnership.

Achievements

T he Financial Inclusion Partnership helps to facilitate a wide variety of activities across the city, such as Pay Ahead Stay Ahead and the House 2 Home project in Sparkbrook, aimed at teaching people the practical skills they need to live independently, such as DIY, managing a household budget and getting online.

A strategy for tackling financial exclusion

The national Financial Capability Strategy was commissioned by the Money Advice Service to investigate and monitor the effectiveness of solutions to the problem of financial exclusion.

Birmingham's Financial Inclusion Partnership is developing our own Financial Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, which will appear on this page when complete.

Enquiries

If you would like to find out more about the Financial Inclusion Partnership, or if your organisation would like to get involved and contribute in some way to helping Birmingham's citizens manage their money well, then please drop us a line at financialinclusionpartnership@birmingham.gov.uk.