Policy and Campaigning
The CDFA’s Policy and Research department tracks the issues affecting our members’ work. It provides advice and policy briefings on a range of topics, responds to government consultations, and keeps members updated with the latest policy and funding developments. The team also manages cdfa‘s annual survey of CDFIs, Inside Community Finance. The information collected by this survey is vital to building greater understanding of the CDFI sector and its needs. Our policy and research work is currently focused on:
Community Investment Tax Relief
Consumer Credit regulation
Enterprise Finance Guarantee
Impact measurement and reporting
Recent consultation responses
In September 2014 we responded to the government’s Call for evidence: British credit unions at 50, calling for a more inclusive consideration of the wider community finance system. Our response can be downloaded here.
In August 2014 we responded to the FCA’s consultation onProposals for a price cap on high-cost short-term credit (CP 14/10), which can be downloaded here.
In May 2014 we responded to the Financial Conduct Authority’s consultation on fees for 2014/15, which can be downloaded here.
In April 2014 we responded to the BIS and HMT consultation on matching SMEs rejected for finance with alternative lenders, which can be downloaded here.
In March 2014 we submitted a response to the Treasury Select Committee SME lending inquiry, which can be downloaded here.
In autumn 2013 we submitted a response to the government’s consultation on the proposed Social Investment Tax Relief. . Our response can be downloaded here.