Banks can no longer ignore financial inclusion
This week the Treasury Committee published its report on consumer access to financial services, warning that banks can no longer ignore financial inclusion.
Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Ellie Southwood, had the opportunity to give evidence to the Committee, highlighting that financial inclusion is about independence, protection from financial abuse, and confidence.
The recent introduction of new bank notes with distinguishing tactile and visual features is a great example of how things can be made accessible when blind and partially sighted people are involved with innovations from the outset.
We are pleased that this Treasury report has raised the profile of financial inclusion and we’re calling on banks to step up to the challenge of ensuring that financial services are accessible to everyone.
As the report concluded - access to financial services is fundamental and it is unacceptable for blind and partially sighted people to be left behind. Financial inclusion matters to everybody, not just the disadvantaged or vulnerable.