11Onze Check: CaixaBank’s supposed inclusion

The First Vice-President and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, has demanded a new plan from the banks to guarantee the financial inclusion of the elderly. The banks have promised to come up with new solutions within a month. But just four days after the requirement, CaixaBank has given a response to the State through various media outlets that provokes a certain ‘déjà vu’. We contrast it with the 11Onze Check Bias Method.

 

The report published by the Bank of Spain on 4 August 2021 warned that the consolidation of the financial sector, accompanied by the massive closure of bank branches and staff reductions, has left 1.3 million citizens vulnerable to financial exclusion.

In this context, it urged banks to find alternative solutions to ensure access to cash, especially in less densely populated areas. The study noted that, in some rural areas, mobile offices or financial agents have been operating for years in different municipalities to facilitate access to banking services.

Even so, it recommended using the network of post offices as complementary access points to branches and Cash Machines, to reach the level of countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia, which make widespread use of this solution. These recommendations urged the Asociación Española de Banca (AEB) and the Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorros (CECA)  to promote the Protocolo estratégico para reforzar el compromiso social y sostenible de la banca.

However, these measures have not been applied throughout the country, or have proved insufficient to alleviate the unease of a part of the population that feels scorned by the banks. A phenomenon that has gone viral with the declarations of Carlos San Juan, a 78-year-old pensioner, and his petition on Change.org for a more humane banking system. The protest has prompted the Spanish government to demand that banks take new measures to guarantee the financial inclusion of the elderly.

CaixaBank’s response has not been long in coming and several media outlets have echoed it. At 11Onze Check we have analysed how the specialised digital media have disseminated this information and, specifically, we focus on the article published by ‘Cinco Días‘. We have come to the conclusion that it has a 60% bias.

SOURCES

The article merely repeats the information found in CaixaBank’s press release. The figures published are presented without the source of the information, beyond the CaixaBank press release and the population data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE). This is a fact that is repeated in other articles published by various media and communication agencies, such as ‘El Economista‘, ‘Europa Press‘ and ‘Las Provincias‘.

 

ENDOGAMY

There is no alternative voice to the CaixaBank communiqué. At no point is there any reference to the government’s meetings with financial institutions and banking employers’ associations, where it was agreed that the Observatorio por la Inclusión Financiera should carry out a diagnosis of the situation in order to find new solutions to a banking response that has so far proved insufficient to guarantee financial inclusion for the whole of society.

 

INTENTION

The headline of the article tells us that CaixaBank responds to the Government, and the first paragraph specifies that this is in reference to the fact that the Government is urging the financial sector to guarantee financial inclusion. What is not explained is that this response from CaixaBank is practically identical to the response that the same financial institution published in August last year, and which was also echoed by ‘Cinco Días’, at the time, in an almost identical article, as if it were a case of recycling an out-of-date press release.

 

CONTEXT

The article leaves out a key element: that the government has demanded a 30-day plan for banks to detail how they will improve financial services for the elderly. Instead, it merely publishes a statement from CaixaBank that does not provide any new solutions. Nor is there any mention of people’s unease at the queues at banks and the lack of service, caused by the massive closure of bank branches, and the main reason for financial exclusion. Nor is there any mention is made of the record profits of the banks and, specifically, the profit of more than 5,3 billion euros that CaixaBank made in 2021.

 

FOG

The information is foggy because the article talks about the good work CaixaBank is doing in a news format, when in reality it is neither news, nor anything new, nor a good job, given the reaction of the population and the new demands of the state government.

 

VOCATION OF SERVICE

It is very clear that the article is not intended to serve the public interest, but rather to act as a megaphone for CaixaBank’s media response to a government request for more social commitment from banks.

To know more about the Bias Method we have used to compare this information, you will find it here. If you would like to send us economic information to verify, you can do so by writing to [email protected].

 

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  1. Jordi MorenoJordi Moreno says:
    Jordi

    Gran mètode de biaix👏👏👏

  2. Joan Santacruz CarlúsJoan Santacruz Carlús says:
  3. Angel SanglasAngel Sanglas says:
    Angel

    Era d’esperar….

    • Jordi CollJordi Coll says:
      Jordi

      Tenen el seu pla, i evidentment que no tenen cap intenció de canviar-lo… Moltes gràcies pel teu comentari, Jordi!!!

      8 months ago
  4. alicia Coiduras Charlesalicia Coiduras Charles says:
    alicia

    No canvien ens al contrari l’afany desmesurat de guanyar i guanyar,sense donar servei als seus clients de manera adequada ni això sabent o no volen fer.
    Han d’omplir les butxaques dels seus amos i senyors ,tal qual com a l’epoca mitjaval que els lacais del rei extorsionaven al poble per enriquir al seu Senyor ,li han passat una ma de pintura que es diu democràcia, però la banca tradicional segueix igual.
    La revolució es 11Onze la primera fincom 👍

  5. Pere SorianoPere Soriano says:
    Pere

    Busquem alternatives per no dependre sempre dels mateixos!!. Cerquem sempre bona informació. Siguem crítics amb el que ens expliquin.

    • Jennifer Roca Civit says:

      Moltes gràcies pel teu comentari i per la teva aportació, Pere

      8 months ago
  6. Manuel Bullich BuenoManuel Bullich Bueno says:
    Manel

    Es una llàstima la deshumanització q tenen les entitats financeres amb la gent gran. El tracte en molts casos es humiliant.
    Gràcies per l’article

    • Jordi CollJordi Coll says:
      Jordi

      Cert, Manel, és una llàstima aquesta deshumanització…, i ara que dius això, les altres empreses podrien fer una mica el que fem nosaltres, no ho creus així? Moltes gràcies pel teu comentari!!!

      3 months ago
  7. Francesc Estafanell PujolFrancesc Estafanell Pujol says:
    Francesc de Borja

    Gràcies per aquest mètode d’anàlisi que ajuda a comprendre millor el què llegim

  8. Mercè ComasMercè Comas says:
    Mercè

    Dels bancs ja desconfia tothom però de la premsa ,i més si es especialitzada no. Aquí rau el problema. La manipulació informativa. Si no sospites no vas més enllà, i et quedes amb la lectura que en fa l´especialista. Bé pel mètode biaix, que rutlli!

    • AlbertAlbert says:
      Albert

      És ben bé així, Mercè. De vegades, fins i tot em pregunto qui té més poder, si la banca tradicional, o els mitjans de comunicació…

      8 months ago
  9. Jesus Manuel Nuňez TizadoJesus Manuel Nuňez Tizado says:
    Jesus Manuel

    El govern i els bancs fins ara sempre han fet el mateix, 🤬🤬

  10. Josep RuaixJosep Ruaix says:
  11. Daniela SimónDaniela Simón says:

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