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TESTIMONIALS

Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG) members say:

 

“Membership of MALG is very valuable to Experian as it promotes positive discussion and exchange of ideas, along with important opportunities to help people improve their financial future.”

James Jones, Head of Consumer Affairs, Experian UK

 

“MALG provides a forum to discuss issues which impact on our clients and on the services trying to help them and gives the voluntary sector the opportunity to meet with other parts of the financial sector in a cooperative setting.”

Lindsey Poole, Director, Advice Services Alliance

 

“MALG facilitates open and progressive discussions between stakeholders in the debt advice and debt management industry, promoting understanding of emerging issues and areas of common interest and supporting the improvement of standards for the industry.”

Ian Fiddeman, Director of Retail Policy, British Bankers’ Association

 

“Debt policy changes cannot be developed in isolation – all sectors of the industry need to talk. MALG has a key role in bringing together people to facilitate these discussions. In areas such as the development of the Debt & Mental Health Evaluation Form, it has driven the agenda for improvements.”

Sara Williams, Debt Camel

 

“The CFA and its members benefit from the opportunity to hear about developments across a broad range of consumer services.  MALG provides a non-partisan forum in which to share best practice and discuss emerging policy issues. MALG members receive regular updates from regulatory bodies.”

Russell Hamblin-Boone, Chief Executive, Consumer Finance Association

 

“We welcome the contribution of organisations working to promote financial literacy and debt advice. MALG provides an invaluable forum for bringing all those bodies together alongside creditors, government and other concerned bodies, helping ensure that individuals who are struggling with their finances can get the help and advice they need and those who provide that help can share best practice.”

Tom Papworth, Senior Policy Adviser, Council of Mortgage Lenders

 

“MALG will help us to deliver better customer outcomes and provide us with informed solutions to challenges we face in achieving this. We are committed to working with MALG to enhance our knowledge and ability to deal with customers and ensure they are treated fairly and provided with the highest standards of competence and professionalism.”

Patrick Rowell, Customer Support Manager, ARC (Europe) Ltd

 

“MALG has performed a unique role in bringing the sector together through the years. MALG has been instrumental in developing good practice in the areas of vulnerability and in mental health through the work of the Mental Health Working Party which I was happy to chair. We look forward to working together in the future to develop good practice in a range of other important areas.”

Joanna Elson OBE CDir, Chief Executive Money Advice Trust

 

“I am a passionate supporter of MALG and I’m really proud to be part of it. It’s so important for creditors and debt advice services to work closely together to develop best practice and to find better ways of helping indebted households. There are always considerable challenges to overcome for vulnerable customers when it comes to debt, but working together means that we have a much better chance of tackling problems and finding solutions that work for everyone. MALG has the potential to bring together industry experts from every conceivable area of money advice including creditors, debt advice agencies, government departments, welfare services think tanks, fintech companies, financial capability champions, financial inclusion experts and service users. This is truly unique.”

Lee Healey, Founder, IncomeMax CIC

 

“Knowing that we can have honest conversations both with other debt advice agencies and with debt collectors about working together and by doing so influence real change when dealing with vulnerable clients is an invaluable asset to our organisation.”

Matthew Cooper, Debt Advice Manager, Perennial

 

“MALG adds value as it brings together all the main players involved in debt and money advice and it provides a safe haven for broad discussion.”

Yvonne MacDermid OBE, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland

 

“The work of MALG is vital in raising awareness of the sector as a whole and allowing different organisations to work together for the common good. Meetings are ideal for understanding better the work of other charities, service providers, regulators and government agencies.”

Joseph Surtees, Senior Public Policy Advocate, StepChange Debt Charity

 

“MALG ‘s forward thinking approach on age old problems and new issues enables members to be on the front foot on how they manage and deal with their clients’ needs and demands. MALG’s ability to showcase the social and stigmatic problems consumers face when in debt has helped member organisations better equip and prepare themselves. MALG’s continuous efforts to forge synergies has helped improve better relations between the advice and creditor sector, making the consumer a direct beneficiary.”

John Fairhurst, Director of External Relations & Risk, PayPlan

 

“We are proud to be one of the first national business members of MALG, supporting a collaborative approach to improving the solutions available for those in financial hardship or vulnerable situations. MALG facilitates the sharing of expertise and best practice and provides a forum for joined up thinking and new ideas. This is beneficial to continuously developing our understanding of customer’s debt issues, enabling us to deliver a flexible and tailored approach to collections which meets the needs of the customer and the creditor.”

Carole Kenney Customer Service Director, Phoenix Collections

 

“MALG has allowed us to develop new relationships, cement existing ones and build a wider network of contacts. The meetings provide a forum for people to talk openly and informally about the current challenges faced within the industry. Through the sharing of information and the hosting of discussions about potential ways to collaborate, a better service is provided for people in debt.”

Dawn Stobart, Director of External Affairs, Christian’s Against Poverty

 

“MALG gives us the opportunity to be in the centre of debate about helping people in debt, to listen to the widest possible range of views from people with wide-ranging expertise and to make our views known in an environment where all share the common objective of helping solve Britain’s personal debt problem.”

Andrew Smith, External Affairs Advisor, Debt Resolution Forum

 

“MALG provides our organisation with valuable insights into the service we are providing to customers, and the creditors on whose behalf we act. MALG also gives us a greater understanding of the broader environment we’re operating in, and other experiences of our customers and creditors. All of this helps to inform our own approach. The constructive approach taken by MALG to bringing together different parts of the money advice, credit and debt industries is to the benefit of all who participate in the opportunities for engagement it provides.”

Pamela Mulcahy, Public Affairs Director, Marston Holdings

 

“It is very important as an industry trade body to engage and work alongside MALG and other industry stakeholders to learn and be kept up to date on money advice sector matters so that we can share these learnings with our member companies.”

Claire Aynsley, Head of Regulatory Compliance and Standards, the Credit Services Association

 

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