14 Nov 2017 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)

We are now less than two weeks away from the MALG Conference 2017. If you’ve not yet signed up for the MALG Conference 2017 you’re set to miss out on one of the most innovative and enlightening events of the year. Because we have no regulatory, commercial, or political agenda, MALG is the only organisation of its kind that brings together such a diverse mix of stakeholders to engage in open discussion and take joint action to shape the future of money advice. This year, we have the broadest spread of delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers to make the day more engaging than ever before. From advisers and creditors, to collections professionals, fintech providers, and policy makers, coming from a range of different sectors, the conference will bring together some of the brightest minds to fulfil our commitment of ‘working together to improve the lives of people in debt’. The programme really is not to be missed.
Book one of the few remaining places now at www.malg.org.uk/conference
If you are already signed up to attend, you should have received/will receive delegate joining instructions via email from info@malg.org.uk this week. They include important information about the venue, transport, timings, and getting involved via the app. If you haven’t received these or have any questions, please let me know. We look forward to welcoming you to 30 Euston Square on Monday 27th November for the new-look, new-format conference!


Government issues call for evidence on six week ‘breathing space’ scheme for individuals in debt

The government has issued a call for evidence to gain further insight from the debt advice sector and creditors about how best to design, implement, administer and monitor a six-week breathing space scheme and statutory debt management plan.

The call for evidence covers the following, broad, topics:

  • how to access and then enter a six-week breathing space
  • how a breathing space could work for creditors and debtors
  • how to best design a statutory debt management plan

The informal consultation closes on 16 January 2018; however, views should be submitted as early as possible.

Read more and respond here.


Financial Capability Week 2017

This week is Financial Capability Week organised by the Money Advice Service as part of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK. Now in its second year, it celebrates work underway to improve financial capability and financial wellbeing, and the theme this year is to get more people talking about money in their workplaces, communities, and across social media with #TalkMoney. One of the key events happening this week is the Talk Money Conference on Thursday which will be chaired by MALG’s Chair Liz Barlcay and brings together policy makers, practitioners, employers and all those interested in working together to improve financial capability across the UK. Our membership co-ordinator Dionne Stocking will be there networking with key industry stakeholders – if you haven’t met her before, please introduce yourself.

At the MALG Conference, we’ll be hosting a ‘FinCap Future’ panel as one of the break-out sessions which will take the discussions from this week to the next stage and look ahead to what can be done over the next 10-20 years to overcome the big challenges and barriers to improving financial capability. The Money Advice Service’s Director of Financial Capability David Haigh will be on the panel. Read his speaker blog for an insight into what to expect from the session.


Guest blog: Overcoming the fear of automation and using technology to free up quality time for customer engagement

Another one of the break-out sessions at the MALG Conference on 27 November will look at the latest fintech solutions. Mitch Armstrong of Telrock will deliver the session and give us a live demonstration of how some of their customer engagement platforms work. Also read his speaker blog on ‘overcoming fear of automation for a preview of what you’ll get from the session.


MALG Conference sponsors and exhibitors

Thank you again to MALG Conference 2017 sponsors and exhibitors who are making this must-attend event possible!