The stage and screen actor Michael Sheen, founder of the End High Cost Credit Alliance, is to speak at a conference in Glasgow on 20th March. Sheen, currently filming The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, will attend the Responsible Finance 2018 event to introduce the Alliance and join debates with other panelists and attendees.
The Alliance seeks to end the damage caused by high cost credit through taking new approaches to tackling changes in regulation, policy, public debate, workforce training and investment in fairer alternatives.
Amid increasing concern about rising household debt and the activities of many high cost lenders, the event will cover practical ideas to create an economy, and a financial services system, that works for everyone.
The End High Cost Credit Alliance will help ethical and responsible finance partners compete with high cost providers. Responsible finance providers offer fair finance and other support to individuals, businesses and social enterprises across the UK. They worked with over 55,000 people on low incomes last year, providing a financial lifeline and an alternative to exploitative credit.
Delegates at the conference will include community lenders, banks, government bodies, social investors, the media, think tanks and other policy shapers.
Michael Sheen said: “The Alliance aims to take a collaborative approach to the issues around high cost credit and to tackling those who unfairly target the most vulnerable in our society. Collectively and strategically it will be getting behind organisations, providers and initiatives that seek to improve access to fairer credit and support across communities in the UK.
“The partnership is uniquely placed to take a systems approach to backing what works and investing in new ideas and I am delighted to be able to officially launch the Alliance at the Responsible Finance conference in Glasgow.
Jennifer Tankard, Chief Executive of Responsible Finance, said: “We are delighted that Michael Sheen will be speaking at Responsible Finance 18 to introduce the work of the End High Cost Credit Alliance.
“High cost credit exacerbates household debt problems. Responsible finance providers play a critical role in helping people to access affordable finance, when often their only alternatives are high cost lenders.”
The conference takes place on the 20th and 21st March at Glasgow City Chambers. Sheen will be speaking at the event on 20 March and staying to listen to other speakers and participate in discussions.
Registration information and full details about the event are here.