Financial inclusion in a digital world: cash, cashlessness and choice

For many of us, banking and easy access to the digital payments infrastructure are taken-for-granted facilitators of our everyday lives. With more recent expansions of contactless cards and smartphone payments, people are increasingly going cashless. The decline of cash use has been raising questions about whether Britain is ready to transition to a cashless economy.

But not everyone has equal access, or levels of participation, in the digital payments infrastructure. This leaves them at risk of being excluded from the mainstream economy. In this time of transitioning importance for cash, engaging with issues of access to cash and digital literacy are crucial. 

Join Demos and MasterCard for this panel discussion on how we ensure that the financial inclusion agenda can profit, rather than be hindered, by the digital age.

Speakers include:

  • Polly Mackenzie – Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)
  • Mark Barnett – Division President, MasterCard UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics
  • John Howells – CEO, LINK
  • Caroline Normand, Director of Advocacy, Which?
  • Colleen Murray – Head of International Policy, Square
  • More TBC


Date: Tuesday 1st October

Time: 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Venue: Cobden 1, Manchester Central Convention Complex

This event is kindly supported by MasterCard

Please note that this event takes place inside the secure zone. You will need a conference pass in order to attend.