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The reality of financial exclusion

A House of Lords committee tackles financial exclusion, the future of the state pension age and why you might struggle to find a Lifetime ISA on April 6.

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Millions of people in the UK are left out when it comes to accessing basic financial services like bank accounts and loans. It means many low income households find themselves turning to, and relying on, higher cost alternatives. The House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion has been investigating possible ways of tackling the issue. Its Chair Baroness Tyler of Enfield outlines the report findings and recommendations and we also hear from Damon Gibbons, Director of the Centre for Responsible Credit.

The author of the government's first independent review into the future of the state pension age speaks to Money Box. John Cridland also explains why he decided not to go ahead with a variable age recommendation which might have made it possible for some people to retire earlier.

The Lifetime ISA aimed at helping people to build up a first home deposit or save towards their retirement is due to launch on April 6. How does it work, what are the risks and why will savers struggle to find one when it goes live? Tom Selby, Senior Analyst at AJ Bell discusses.

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30 minutes

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  • Financial Exclusion

    What can be done to widen access to basic financial services?

    Duration: 10:24

  • State pension

    John Cridland on his independent review of state pension age arrangements.

    Duration: 05:58

  • Lifetime Individual Savings Account

    The LISA launches on April 6 but savers may struggle to find one.

    Duration: 04:00

  • Banking update

    Co-op Bank and cheques to clear in a day

    Duration: 02:24

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