FinCris: Responsibilities, Ethics and the Financial Crisis
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
University of Birmingham;
University of Warwick;
Centre for Business in Society.
Professor Tom Sorrell (Philosophy),
Professor Andy Mullineux (Economics),
Professor Karen Rowlingson, Dr Lindsey Appleyard, Jodi Gardner (Responsible lending and borrowing)
FinCris seeks to enlarge the public understanding of the financial crisis and the understanding among officials, regulatory and consumer bodies of the ethical issues raised by the crisis, specifically, how responsibilities for what has gone wrong create obligations to some of those badly affected by the crisis.
FinCris is a 3 year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project from July 2012. It is a collaboration between philosophers, economists, and social policy academics.
Responsible lending and borrowing workstream
The aim of this research was to explore the issue of responsible lending and borrowing for people on low and middle incomes in the UK.
As part of this research, we carried out: desk research; interviews and workshops with key stakeholders; and in-depth interviews with 44 people who had borrowed from credit unions, doorstep lenders, rent-to-own and both online and retail payday lenders within the last 12 months in the West Midlands and Oxfordshire regions of the UK.
We also sought to learn lessons, for the UK, from the introduction of a national cap on the cost of credit in Australia. This was evidenced in contributions we made to the Banking Standards Review and to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
We have a number of publications:
- Rowlingson, K. Appleyard, L. Gardner, J. (2016) ‘Responsible lending and borrowing: policy implications in the UK’. In Ferretti, F. (Ed) Comparative perspectives of Consumer Over-indebtedness – A view from the UK, Germany, Greece and Italy. The Hague, Eleven International Publishing.
- Rowlingson, K. Appleyard, L. and Gardner, J. (2016) Payday lending in the UK: the regul(aris)ation of a necessary evil?. Journal of Social Policy, doi:10.1017/S0047279416000015
- Appleyard, L. Gardner, J. Rowlingson, K (2015) ‘Introducing a Time Delay on Access to Credit: Is it Just Delaying the Inevitable?’ http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/CHASM/2015/time-delay-on-credit-report-final-2015.pdf
- Rowlingson, K. Gardner, J. Appleyard, L. (2014) ‘Response to Financial Conduct Authority Consultation’ http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/CHASM/2014/response-to-the-FCA-consultation-from-CHASM.pdf
- Rowlingson, K. Gardner, J. Appleyard, L. (2014) ‘Capping the cost of payday lending in the UK: What will the impact be?’ http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/CHASM/2014/payday-lending-cap-paper-FCA-final.pdf