About the Group

The Financial Resilience APPG was set up in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which left an increasing number of households under greater financial pressure than ever before. The ‘just about managing’ and squeezed middle are struggling to get by, and their financial resilience – their ability to cope with sudden falls in their household income and make provision for their financial future – has been severely impacted. Whilst there has rightly been a significant level of Parliamentary attention on the lowest end of the income scale who may already be facing severe financial difficulties, there has been relatively little attention paid to the financial wellbeing of those who may have thought themselves financially secure, but could, as the pandemic has highlighted, face a precarious financial position either now or in the future. The Financial Resilience APPG was created to fill this gap in the market, providing MPs, Peers and wider stakeholders with a forum for discussion and to make recommendations to improve resilience. By doing so, the group will influence policy change to improve access to financial safety nets and prevent households across the UK from falling into severe difficulty.

The APPG is examining a wide range of policy issues, beginning with an inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on financial resilience. We also aim to explore financial resilience amongst the self-employed, the Ethnicity Pensions Gap and the impact of mental health on financial resilience. More widely we will examine young people’s engagement with their financial resilience, the protection gap, the role of insurance products in supporting resilience and the role of employers in supporting their employees’ financial wellbeing.

The ABI provides the Secretariat services for the group.

Group chairs

Tonia AntoniazziCo-Chair
Tonia Antoniazzi MP Labour, Gower

Shaun BaileyCo-Chair
Shaun Bailey MP Conservative, west Bromwich West

About the launch of the APPG:

A quarter of working aged adults do not save any money                                  

The newly launched All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Resilience, has found a quarter (24%) of working age adults (18-64 years old) didn’t save any money during the pandemic sparking major concerns about financial insecurity. The revelations have led to Co-Chairs of the APPG, Shaun Bailey MP and Tonia Antoniazzi MP, to issue a call for evidence to help further understand the impact Covid-19 has had on people’s finances.

Financial resilience is the ability to withstand life events that impact your income. People’s financial vulnerabilities are further exposed when considering housing and day-to-day costs if they are no longer able to work. When asked how long they would be able to manage financially, 1 in 5 working age adults would not have enough money to pay their bills at the end of a month. While a quarter would only manage financially for between one and three months.

The APPG on Financial Resilience’s inquiry will look to understand the impact Covid-19 has had on people’s financial resilience, looking at whether the pandemic has changed people’s habits and whether it has made people more aware of the risks they face, both now and in the future, and what action has been taken to better prepare. The findings will be used to develop policy proposals to ensure people are better prepared and have financial safety nets in place to cope with a financially stressful event such as unemployment, divorce, and long-term health problems.

Shaun Bailey MP, APPG on Financial Resilience Co-Chair said:

The findings from our poll are shocking and highlight just how vulnerable working age adults’ financial security is. Covid-19 and other recent events has brought financial security into sharp focus. It is important that we understand why people struggle to have financial safety nets in place so we can find solutions to encourage people to be more financially equipped for a rainy day.”

Tonia Antoniazzi MP, APPG on Financial Resilience Co-Chair added:

It is alarming how few people will be able to pay their bills beyond a month if they are unable to work. The launch of the APPG could not be timelier. Now more than ever it is important to focus on individuals’ financial resilience so we can understand what barriers are in the way to being more financially secure. We hope organisations from across the spectrum provide evidence to the enquiry so we can build a clearer picture of the nations’ financial resilience.”

Organisations that have an interest in ensuring people are financially secure are invited to submit evidence to the inquiry by contacting secretariat@financialresilience-appg.co.uk.

Submissions

The APPG welcomed submissions to a Call for Evidence on its inquiry into financial resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. This closed 7 February 2022; written submissions and research sent to the APPG can be found here, listed under the submitting organisation:

Events

Employment Differences in Future Resilience

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Time: 10:00-11:00 am 

This session will look at employment patterns, looking at those who are self-employed and gig economy workers, and will explore whether there have been differences according to the sector that an individual works in. We will also investigate the impact of furlough, and how working from home and flexible working has affected people.

  • Have people in different sectors had different financial experiences during the pandemic? For example, those working in retail and hospitality?
  • How have the self-employed been financially impacted by the pandemic?
  • How have the unemployed coped financially in the pandemic?
  • What lessons can we learn and what policies can be put in place going forwards?

Contact the group

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact the group at secretariat@financialresilience-appg.co.uk

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