Sheen to call for fi­nance firm change

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FROST/NIXON star Michael Sheen is to speak about fi­nance firms who tar­get vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple at a spe­cial event in Glas­gow.

The ac­tor founded the End High Cost Credit Al­liance, who are try­ing im­prove com­mu­nity ac­cess to better sources of fi­nance.

He will ad­dress the Re­spon­si­ble Fi­nance 18 con­fer­ence on March 20 at Glas­gow City Cham­bers.

It will see com­mu­nity lenders, banks, gov­ern­ment bodies and so­cial in­vestors dis­cuss cre­at­ing a “fairer” econ­omy.

Sheen said: “The al­liance aims to take a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to the is­sues around high-cost credit and to tack­ling those who un­fairly tar­get the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety.

“They’ll be get­ting be­hind or­gan­i­sa­tions, providers and ini­tia­tives who seek to im­prove ac­cess to fairer credit and sup­port across com­mu­ni­ties in the UK.

“Credit is a good thing and can be a re­ally use­ful tool.

“But when the sys­tem is so un­fairly de­signed to tar­get those who can least af­ford it, we must find ways to step in, present dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions, show lead­er­ship and help those try­ing so hard to de­liver a fairer of­fer.

“We need stronger al­ter­na­tives, we need greater pub­lic de­bate, pol­icy and reg­u­la­tion that pri­ori­tises fair ac­cess and other sup­port when credit isn’t the an­swer.”

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A seven-month-old baby girl was in hospi­tal yes­ter­day after an ur­ban fox sneaked into her home in Ply­mouth through a back door and bit her as she sat in her bouncer.

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