WhenThursday, July 14th, 12pm to 1:30pm BST UK time.
WhereCommittee Room 6, The Palace of Westminster. Please allow sufficient time to get through security in Parliament, it can be more than 15 minutes if there’s a long queue. The best entrance to use is Cromwell Green.
FormatThere'll be a great line-up of speakers plus ample scope for discussion and debate.
Why You Should Attend...
This event will help to launch our Discussion Paper that has been produced to provide a platform for individuals to share their experiences about the harm and suffering they have endured as a direct result of becoming a victim of financial crime and malpractice, malfeasance, misconduct, and mis-selling by the financial sector.
We found the cost to individuals cuts much deeper than simply the loss of money; we found the victims’ experiences adversely impacted all areas of their lives, with devastating financial, well-being, social, emotional, and support-related impacts. The severity and extent of those impacts are particularly highlighted by the themes of stigma, depression, anxiety, suicide, and social withdrawal; but even these alone do not paint the full picture.
We hope that this report gives a voice to victims and will stimulate further discussion about much-needed policy reforms. Our report is also a clarion call to our elected representatives to fully explore and evaluate the many opportunities to remedy the failings in the financial sector that are available to them, here and now, within the current Parliamentary session; for in it we propose detailed policy recommendations and the specific legislative opportunities through which they can be implemented.
We also share insights and statements of support from a wide range of stakeholders, for we are not alone in recognising the desperate need for improvements to the regulatory framework; a framework that has been tasked by Parliament to provide “an appropriate degree of consumer protection” but a framework that has chronically and catastrophically failed to do so.
We are very grateful to the many volunteers who have worked to produce the Paper.
Please note that because this is an in-person event and places are limited, we need to closely manage the number of bookings. Please therefore use the ‘Click here to request a place' button at the top of this page; you will then be advised shortly after whether you have a place.
Here's the programme so far...