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 some of our most recent policy briefings and consultation submissions.
This short briefing, prepared for MPs, makes the case for a windfall tax on banks to recapture the tens of billions of pounds the Bank of England is set to pay out to the banks via interest on reserves.
This briefing, prepared ahead of the second reading of the Financial Services and Markets Bill, focuses on proposals for a new ‘competitiveness’ objective for regulators, as well as other provisions in the Bill relating to MiFID II, access to cash and cryptoassets.
The BEIS 2022 Green Finance Strategy is a critical opportunity to address a major missing piece of the UK’s Net Zero architecture: a clear plan for making London a ‘Net Zero Financial Centre’ and align public and private financial flows with the government’s decarbonisation, adaptation and nature goals.
The UK should take a leadership role within international institutions to create a green international monetary order, which unlocks the potential of the Global South to transition to a net zero and nature-positive global financial system.
A condensed briefing summarising the findings of our Banking on Property report for policymakers.
The Government’s Energy Security Strategy is an important step forward, but falls far short of what is needed to reduce reliance on oil and gas in line with an upper 1.5C degree limit. Retrofitting homes, restricting investment in projects that are incompatible with the IEA pathway, and introducing energy price caps and windfall tax on energy companies are needed. The government should also phase out all tax relief and financial support for the fossil fuel industry and support green investment through targeted lending schemes, such as the Bank of England’s Term Funding Scheme and the UK Infrastructure Bank.
Positive Money’s response to HM Treasury’s consultation on proposals for the Future Regulatory Framework for financial services. Our submission urges against giving regulators new objectives for growth and competitiveness, and puts forward alternative objectives which could help ensure finance better serves society.
The Treasury’s Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review is looking into the rules for UK financial services. The Balanced Economy Project and Positive Money collaborated on this 1-page briefing, explaining why the proposed ‘competitiveness’ objective for regulators should be opposed.
Positive Money’s response to HM Treasury’s consultation on Access to Cash, which asked respondents to put forward views on the government’s legislative proposals for protecting cash access, and ran from 1 July to 23 September 2021. The consultation publication and accompanying impact assessment are available here.
Positive Money’s response to the Bank of England’s “New Forms of Digital Money” discussion paper. The original paper, including the questions for discussion, can be found on the Bank of England’s website here.
Our response to HM Treasury’s consultation on the UK’s regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins. We recommend a regulatory convergence between stable tokens, e-money and bank deposits to ensure a level playing field of high standards to protect financial stability and users.
Our response 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.
We made a formal response to the Bank of England’s first discussion paper on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), making the case for CBDC to be designed to complement cash, and to lay the foundation for a public payments system.
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.