AIMS
• To celebrate and promote the good work of organisations and individuals across the Black Country
• To map financial exclusion, identify who is affected and consider priority groups;
• To define what inclusion for these groups entails, what improvements could be made – over 3, 5 and 10yrs;
• To consider the causes and how they could be addressed, what’s already being done;
• To identify key actors, partnerships and who’s missing, also assets and barriers and how these could be addressed to make progress over the first three years.

WHO IS THIS SUMMIT FOR?
• Financial service providers, from banks and the Post Office, to community finance organisations, the rent to own sector, pay day lenders, ATM providers;
• Money advice and support agencies;
• Other essential service providers whose clients are excluded or at risk of exclusion eg health, housing, family etc. in the private, public or third sectors;
• Community change agents – churches and faith groups, resident and community interest groups;
• Intermediaries who influence the conditions for financial services and their access eg local authorities, town planners, regulators, investors, politicians, financial inclusion teams/strategy officers in banks, policy makers and parliamentary groups.
• Individuals and families affected by financial exclusion will be consulted in parallel.

WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE FINDINGS?

Notes of participants’ contributions will be recorded, written up and distributed so interested parties can use them to inform their own planning;

JFF will use the insight to develop a three year programme of development, working with partners to act on systemic change.