Policy and Government
At CAP we don’t want to just treat the symptoms of poverty; we also want to address the causes. That’s why we’re working tirelessly behind the scenes to shape and influence the policies that affect our clients. It means we get to speak on behalf of the vulnerable to the people with the power to change their lives. And our voice is growing louder.
Industry professionals seek our opinion on current issues, and our recommendations get heard in Parliament. Change is happening. Below are some of the ways in which we are fighting for justice amongst the country’s key decision-makers.
05 June 2018
We have responded to the HM Treasury’s latest consultation on cash and digital payments in the new economy. In our response we highlighted the issues many of CAP’s clients would face if the economy moved closer towards digital. We emphasised the need for cash for many people on a low income, as well as the unbanked. We recommended that the Government ensure cash points are protected as bank branches close, and that people should not be penalised for using cash for any transaction. Take a look below to read more. Read the full document here
30 May 2018
CAP welcomes the creation of the Commission for customers in vulnerable circumstances and was pleased to respond to their call for evidence. CAP has gained 21 years of experience helping those in debt and poverty across the UK and understands the challenges in encouraging consumer engagement across the energy sector. In the response we highlighted the wide spectrum that vulnerability can fall within, explaining that different people are affected and deal with the same circumstances in different ways. It is also important to remember that vulnerability is not just about customers' characteristics or circumstances, but also the market in which they are expected to operate. Read the full response below.
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01 May 2018
There has been positive progress with Ofgem’s safeguard tariff for vulnerable customers, updates of which have been published in their latest consultation. The tariff will allow 97% of customers to be served by suppliers who are using data matching, helping more people than ever to get affordable energy tariffs. Once the Government has made amendments in the Digital Economy Act, by Winter 2018/19 the Department of Work and Pensions will be able to share its data with all energy suppliers that have over 50,000 customers and those smaller suppliers who have been active for more than three years. Having fed our views back in previous Ofgem consultations, such as suggesting the tariff should include those customers receiving Tax Credits, we are happy to see our views have been listened to.
30 April 2018
CAP has responded to the consultation released by BEIS about the Warm Home Discount scheme, due to come into effect for winter 2018/19. CAP welcomed the increase in industry initiative from £30m to £40m, helping to increase the support available for people in fuel poverty. That being said, we did not agree with the continued reduction of provision for debt write-offs, which can so often provide people with a fresh start on their financial situation. We were also keen to highlight the current time scales for Warm Home Discount rebate, which can often be paid in spring/summer of the previous winter. This timing is often too late for many who may not have been able to afford to heat their homes over the winter. To read our full response, please click below.Read the full document here
30 March 2018
CAP has responded to the Lending Standards Board consultation, The Standards of Lending Practice. In general, CAP welcomed the Standards, particularly the inclusion of Consumer Vulnerability as a Standard and the resulting safeguards put in place to protect those customers. We aired our concern that some customers would lose out if customer journeys become increasingly digital. We also placed an emphasis on ensuring that registered firms remain flexible with those in financial hardship. Read CAP’s response below.Read the full document here