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:

  • Seema Malhotra MP
  • Polly Mackenzie – Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)
  • Jennifer Duncan – Director, Government and Public Sector, MasterCard UK&I
  • Sir Mark Boleat – Chairman, LINK
  • Richard Piggin – Head of External Affairs and Campaigns, Which?
  • Colleen Murray – Head of International Policy, Square


Date: Tuesday 24th September

Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Venue: Napoleon, The Grand

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.