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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.

CAP’s official response to the Money Advice Service consultation on Working-Age Money-Management Commissioning Plan

calendar09 July 2018

CAP has responded to MAS’ consultation about building financial capability skills in the working-age population. CAP welcomes the strategic move to increase the provision of money management education, helping to build resilience and develop healthy financial habits. In particular, CAP welcomed the initiative to build money management education into the services, interventions and pathways that already exist. To read the full response, please click below. 

Read the full document here

CAP’s response to Ofgem’s domestic supplier-customer communication rulebook reforms

calendar22 June 2018

CAP has responded to Ofgem’s consultation on its changes to the communication rulebook. CAP welcomed the opportunity presented to suppliers to change their communications, in order to increase customer engagement levels. By allowing suppliers to innovate and design communications, customers will be able to receive more personalised information, displayed in a more concise way. CAP’s main concern is that with the lack of prescription offered by Ofgem, that some customers may not receive enough communication during their customer journey. 

CAP’s response to the HM Treasury’s consultation

calendar05 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. 

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CAP responds to the ‘Commission for customers in vulnerable circumstances call for evidence’

calendar30 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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Ofgem’s safeguard tariff for vulnerable customers

calendar01 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. 

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Other and previous reports:

The case for fairshare Setting the pace Client report 2016 Client report 2015 Client report 2014 Client report 2013

Introducing CAP's External Affairs team

Meet the team representing CAP and building relationships in the credit and debt advice industries, as well as the third sector and with the Government:

Dawn Stobart
Director of External Affairs

Helen Webb
External Affairs Manager

Rachel Gregory
Social Policy and Relationship Manager

Daniel Kelly
Creditor Engagement Manager

Kiri Saunders
External Communications Manager

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