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To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase financial inclusion in England.
My Lords, when it comes to financial inclusion, cash still matters materially to millions. Would my noble friend agree that it is not just about access to cash? Acceptance of cash is equally important. Further, as we move increasingly towards digital, would she agree that it is time for the Government to undertake an access to digital payments review to ensure financial inclusion for all?
Entered the House of Lords on 30 October 2013
Party was Conservative until 23 Jul 2019; Non-affiliated until 11 Oct 2020