08 Sep 2020 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)

Hello to all our MALG members and contacts!

After months of lockdown, we now very suddenly find ourselves in September and with schools re-opening, a return to some sort of normality. There certainly seems to be an appetite for engagement with more than 80 people already signed up to Thursday’s virtual MALG National Members Meeting. If you didn’t receive the email invitation with Eventbrite link but think you’re eligible to attend. please email info@malg.org.uk to see if we can squeeze you in on a last minute place to hear from John Pears of Lowell on Covid19 challenges, Steve Coppart and Joe Surtees of Cabinet Office on the Debt Fairness Call for Evidence, and the Credit Services Association’s new Chief Exec Chris Leslie on the current state of play in the sector.

Despite everything we’ve been faced with over the last few months, we have continued to develop the MALG Membership offer and secure new Members and we’ll be making some big announcements to how we’re evolving soon but in the meantime, it’s less than eight weeks until our inaugural MALG Virtual Summit on Thursday 29 October, which you can find out more about below…

BOOK NOW: MALG Virtual Summit 2020

As most of you will now know, we have re-scheduled our physical conference in London from October 2020 to March 2021 (see details below). However, we couldn’t let 2020 go by without holding a big sector-wide event of some kind, especially given how topical and vital our aim of ‘working together to improve the lives of people in debt’ currently is.

We’re excited to unveil the outline agenda for the MALG Virtual Summit on the original conference date of Thursday 29 October 2020 based on the theme of innovating to meet increasing demand as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic:

9.00: Introduction and housekeeping

9.10: Chair’s opening remarks

9.20: Keynote presentation – The Shift to a Digital Economy

9.45: Breakout sessions

  • Breathing Space
  • National Money Adviser Network
  • Deficit Budgets

10.15: Comfort/Networking break (chat rooms available)

10.25: Panel Debate – A gradual trickle or a sudden torrent; how will the expected increase in demand for debt advice play out?

11.25: Comfort/Networking break (chat rooms available)

11.35: Breakout sessions

  • Adviser wellbeing
  • Financial resilience
  • Priority debts

12.05: Chair’s summary and closing remarks

As always with MALG events, there will be the opportunity for open discussion and networking in a non-judgemental environment.

More details on sessions and speakers to follow soon! Book your place online now to avoid disappointment https://malg.org.uk/meetings/malg-virtual-summit-2020/

Other upcoming events

With many face-to-face events looking likely to go ahead in 2021, we’re pressing ahead with plans for the MALG Conference 2021 on 25 March. Visit www.malg.org.uk/conference for more info on sponsorship and exhibition packages, and to book delegate places.

Following the success of our virtual events throughout lockdown (including our MALG Members Friday Forum which is still going strong), we’ve been asked to support with the deliver of the Financial Inclusion Support Conference on 18 September, which will look at ‘Tackling the Impact of Covid19 on People’s Financial Wellbeing in Nottingham’.

MALG Regional Meetings update

Most MALG regional group meetings are now being held via Zoom and have been very well attended. Remember, if you are a National Business Member, you have access to some or all of the regional groups so please take advantage of this membership benefit.

Dates for upcoming regional meetings can be found at www.malg.org.uk/events and these listings will be updated as and when we know whether they are being postponed or held via Zoom.

If you aren’t currently being invited to regional meetings and think you should be/want to be, please contact the relevant regional secretary: