Salford Financial Inclusion Survey


I was delighted on Monday to attend the launch of the annual Salford Financial Inclusion Survey which assesses what degree of access to banks, loans and financial advice people across Salford have and the subsequent effect has on their economic wellbeing.

It raises some very worrying issues and has found that cuts to welfare benefits, falling living standards and the growth of zero hours contracts are placing local people in financial difficulty.

The Full Report can be accessed using the following web-site link:

Thanks to all who have worked hard to compile this report especially Paul Dennett Salford City Council's Assistant Mayor for Welfare Reform, Steve Quinn (Salford City Council's Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Team), Pal Vik (University of Salford) & Catherine Connors for their knowledge, insight & skills in making today a great success, Richard Bundy (SCC), Debbie Witton (SCC), George Oldbury (SCC), Bev Connor (SCC), Les Laws (SCC), John Reehill (SCC), Penny Applegate (Jobcentre Plus), Tom Togher (Salford CAB), Mike Wright (Salix Homes), Emma Huyton (Irwell Valley), Amanda Meredith (Guiness Partnership), Justin Freeman (City West), Sharon Lindsay (Together Housing), Rob Davies (Contour Homes), Mike Thorpe (The Broughton Trust), Joyce Kay (Church Action on Poverty), Steve North (Salford City UNISON), Hazel Henley (My Home Finance), Sheila Murtagh (Salford Credit Union) & Alec McFadden (Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre).