Actions you can take

Act now before the opportunity is lost
If we are to achieve our 4 aims for Responsible Finance, we need to spread the message, build support and raise awareness. If we do not move urgently, the opportunity will pass - possibly for another generation, possibly forever.

  • Pledge to tell three (or more!) friends, colleagues or family members to support the campaign and ask them to do the same - if we can cascade the message it will spread incredibly quickly.
  • Encourage people to sign the petition and for organisations to support the campaign
  • Contact your MP and ask them to support these proposals - or at least let them know you do
  • Publicise the campaign in whatever way you can; write to your local newspaper, write a blog, put it in your email signature - let people know through any and every communication channel available to you
  • Organise an event to discuss the issues
  • Put it on the agenda of meetings you're attending
  • Respond to the Treasury's White paper on banking reform

The government wants to know what you think about banking reform - make sure you tell them!

At the beginning of July the Treasury published a White Paper on banking reform (‘Reforming Financial Markets' and a couple of weeks later the Conservatives set out their own position in a policy white paper ('From Crisis To Confidence: Plan For Sound Banking'). It is our view that neither Party proposes anything like the scale of change needed to address the mistakes of the past and a vision of an improved future. The Treasury is inviting responses to the White Paper until the end of September. It is essential that we all take the opportunity to tell them what we think of their proposals and what we think is needed. The more people that respond, the clearer the message will be - change is needed!

If you only do one thing, please respond to the Treasury's consultation on banking reform. You don't need to answer their questions or to read all 175 pages of the White Paper, just tell them in your own words, what sort of reform you want to see in the banking system.

You can reply as an individual or on behalf of a group or organisation...but please PLEASE make your views known. Send your response to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by the 30th September.

We need voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and community finance organisations, faith communities, trade unions and all concerned citizens to show their support for banking reform. Our politicians need to hear that we care and we want them to do something about it. As political parties turn their thoughts to a general election and developing their manifestos, we need to demonstrate that banking reform is a political priority which they cannot ignore.


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