Financial inclusion in Brighton & Hove

The council is currently looking at Financial Inclusion and what must be done to better support residents.

The council worked with the city's Advice Partnership and key stakeholders on a shared local definition of financial inclusion. This is "having enough resources to meet basic needs adequately and to be able to make choices over a prolonged period to maintain physical and mental well being and participate in community and society."

The council has recently undertaken a significant programme to review its understanding of, and action on, financial inclusion.

This work has led to the creation of a new Financial Inclusion Strategy (April 2013 - March 2016) looking at what must be done to better support vulnerable residents. The strategy and implementation plans were unanimously approved at the council's Policy & Resources Committee on 21 March 2013. The papers can be viewed below.

There are three implementation plans above that describe the way in which the Strategy will be delivered, these are:

  • a new commissioning plan to create a Community Banking Partnership (CBP) for the city.
  • an organisational change plan describing how the council will ensure it promotes and supports greater financial inclusion and addresses any areas where it inadvertently contributes to exclusion.
  • a partnership working plan which sets out how the council will work with its partners in the city.

To ensure the most accurate picture of need, the council undertook a full needs assessment looking at financial exclusion issues for both people and place in the city. This document is shared below.

As the council is required to ensure due regard to understanding impacts on protected groups, a full Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA) was undertaken across the whole programme. This enabled an additional check on hidden impacts. This document is shared below.

The council also commissioned Toynbee Hall, a lead national charity in this area, to explore community banking options for the city. 

The council engaged with many partners in the development of the strategy and implementation plans, this included an event at the Brighthelm Centre in January 2013. Toynbee Hall facilitated this event which helped to identify the range of actions set out in the partnership working implementation plan.

Supporting documents

Social Need in Brighton & Hove event for faith leaders held on 25 July 2013

View or download copies of the following presentations given at the 'Social Need in Brighton & Hove' event for faith leaders held at Hove Town Hall on 25 July 2013

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information on this programme of work please contact the council's Corporate Policy, Performance and Communities team:

Michelle Pooley
Communities and Equality and Third Sector Team
Brighton & Hove City Council
Telephone: 01273 2955053