WhenWednesday, May 19th from 6pm to 8pm UK time
WhereOnline symposium via Zoom.
FormatThere'll be a great line-up of speakers plus ample scope for discussion and debate.
Why you should attend
The Transparency Task Force is firmly of the view that the “mortgage prisoners” are being treated in a grotesquely unfair way. We hold this view because they are paying an enormous price for the government’s decision to sell the mortgage book that they were part of without carrying out sufficient checks on how fairly the mortgage holders would be treated by the organisations that became the controllers of the mortgage books.
We imagine that a great deal of money has been made by many people as a consequence of the mortgage book sales and we see no justification for the government’s failure to do all it can to defend the interest of completely innocent victims of financial exploitation.
This symposium will provide a brief history of the mortgage prisoner scandal. It will cover everything from what happened, the role Government have played and the detriment it has caused and continues to cause the 250k families trapped paying extortionate interest on their mortgages. We will discuss the regulatory changes introduced by the FCA to date and how this has helped, the Standard Variable Rate (SVR) cap and why it was necessary, and what more can be done by exploring ideas for workable solutions.
It will hopefully shine a bright light on what has really been happening to mortgage prisoners, and the unjustifiably unfair way in which they have been treated.
We asked all attendees 2 questions:
- What is your main motivation for wanting to attend this particular event?
- Are there any particular issues, ideas or questions that you want the event to cover?
You can see a collection of some of the many answer we received by clicking the button below:
Here's the programme and timings so far...
Welcome to the symposium, introductions and initial exploration of the main issues; by
Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Pension Scams; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services; Chair of the Violation Tracker UK Advisory Board
Pre-recorded statement from
Martin Lewis OBE
Founder & Executive Chair, Money Saving Expert
Journalist; TV and radio presenter; Newspaper Columnist; Charity Founder; Author
Presentation #1, for 5 minutes
Lead Campaigner, UK Mortgage Prisoners
Presentation #2, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Kevin Hollinrake MP
MP for Thirsk and Malton
Vice-chair, APPG on Mortgage Prisoners
Co-chair, APPG on Fair Business Banking
Seema Malhotra MP
MP for Feltham and Heston
Co-chair, APPG on Mortgage Prisoners
Presentation #3, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Professor Sharon Collard
Professor of Personal Finance and Research Director, University of Bristol Personal Finance Research Centre
Presentation #4, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Associate, Harcus Parker
Trainee Solicitor, Harcus Parker
Presentation #5, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Producer/Director & Journalist
“Trapped by my mortgage”, Panorama
Presentation #6, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Managing Director, Coreco Mortgage Brokers
Host, The Property Show Podcast
The “Just a minute”-round
Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme, we have asked a selection of our attendees to spend just a minute sharing their thoughts on what has been covered during the symposium. But unlike the Radio 4 programme our speakers won’t be penalised for hesitation, repetition or deviation!
Leader Connaught Action Group
General discussion and Q&A, 15 minutes
Final conclusions; and suggested next steps and close to the formal proceedings.
However, for those that want it…
8:00pm BST until 108:30pm BST
….informal, unstructured networking and informal conversation; a “fireside chat”
*The programme will continuously evolve so is subject to change.