We provide practical recommendations to policymakers and regulators on measures to promote a money and banking system that supports a fair, democratic and sustainable economy. Below are our most recent policy briefings and consultation submissions.
We responded to the HM Treasury call for evidence on access to cash. It recommends that the government protects access to cash through a widespread free-to-use ATM network, and ensures the right to pay with it across the economy.
We responded to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into the economic impact of coronavirus, setting out how the Treasury and Bank of England’s response to the covid crisis could be improved, and making the case for direct monetary financing of public spending.
This briefing, prepared 8 April 2020, outlines why the Bank of England’s corporate quantitative easing programme should exclude fossil fuels, and how big businesses are also being bailed out behind the scenes with public money through the new Covid Corporate Financing Facility.
We responded to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into the decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance, setting out the shortcomings of the Treasury’s current strategy and providing recommendations for greening our financial system and closing the green investment gap.
We responded to the FCA’s discussion paper on climate change and green finance, arguing that the FCA must work urgently with other regulators to address climate risk across the financial system.
We responded to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into access to financial services for vulnerable consumers, arguing that certain groups will lose out if banks and card companies are successful in restricting the public’s access to cash.
This policy briefing examines new figures showing that cash machines are closing at a record rate, and proposes that the Payment Systems Regulator take steps to stop the closures.
This policy briefing argues that the Bank’s monetary policy operations are currently failing to take account of the risks posed by climate change, and proposes that climate risk should be incorporated into its collateral framework and asset purchases.
We responded to the Access to Cash Review call for evidence, arguing that there will remain a strong demand for people to use cash, and that the government should give the Payment Systems Regulator the job of protecting people’s access to cash.
This policy briefing argues that the Bank of England could play a pivotal role in raising green investment in the UK, and that reform to its mandate is necessary to empower the Bank to have a beneficial impact on the environment.
We responded to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into digital currencies, arguing that the Bank of England should introduce a central bank digital currency. Doing so would address some of the problems associated with the decline of cash, make the payments system more resilient and could promote competition and innovation in payments and current accounts.
We responded to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into the impact and effectiveness of post-2008 monetary policy, arguing that quantitative easing has worsened wealth inequality and contributed to the unaffordability of housing. We made the case for fairer and more sustainable monetary policy tools.