3 April 2019
Today’s announcement of a Social Impact Investing Taskforce and three trial sites is a welcome step by the Federal Government and answers the banking industry’s call for a clear direction on this innovative solution to tackling entrenched disadvantage.
CEO of the Australian Banking Association Anna Bligh said banks welcome the announcement by the Treasurer, Minister Fletcher and Senator Jane Hume today and would work with the taskforce during its consultation.
“Social Impact Investing represents an innovative way to tackle entrenched disadvantage, with positive signs from this approach emerging from the United Kingdom,” Ms Bligh said.
“Addressing entrenched disadvantage will not only lift individuals out of poverty but its benefits will also be felt across the economy.
“Banks look forward to playing their part in this new policy area to ensure it’s a success in achieving its goals,” she said.
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“…banks can go back to their normal processes and that is working out what’s right for every single customer, on an individual tailored basis with a proper assessment. That is the best thing for the customer.”
Access to credit opens up opportunities and fulfills aspirations. Getting it right requires the right balance between consumer protections and the flow of credit.
Interviewed by AM’s Peter Ryan, ABA CEO Anna Bligh talked about the substantial drop in loan deferrals since their peak during the pandemic, falling from 900,000 to 300,000.