31 Jul 2020 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)

Hello to all our MALG members and contacts!

Once again we’ve got a lot to update you on (see below for National Members Meeting papers, conference update and more…) but first we wanted to put out a call to action to our creditor and regulator contacts. MALG’s aim is to bring together a unique spectrum of professionals from across the whole money advice and debt landscape to jointly tackle the key issues faced by those with problem debt. With a predicted recession on the horizon and a landslide of legislative changes to keep on top of, it’s more important than ever that creditors and regulators engage with the advice and collections sectors for a coherent and joined-up approach.

Our MALG Members Friday Forums are the perfect opportunity to take part in meaningful discussion on the latest issues as they emerge, or even just listen to what others have to say. We also have a series of other events coming up that we need creditor input into to ensure that we are taking a truly collaborative approach. Read on for details…

MALG National Members Meeting July 2020 – speaker presentations

Thank you to the fantastic speakers at our second virtual National Members Meeting which was very well attended. Presentations from Chris Fitch on the ‘Gambling Blocks’ report and the Lending Standards Board on ‘Vulnerability insights’, along with a link to a transcript from Bob’s interview with Richard Haymes of Indesser on debt recovery post Covid-19, can be found at: https://malg.org.uk/meetings/national-members-meeting-papers/

Our next National Members Meeting (which is likely to be held via Zoom again) will be on 10 September and we are keen to hear your views on what topics and speakers you’d like to hear from. Please email info@malg.org.uk with your suggestions.

SAVE THE DATE: MALG Virtual Summit!

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’ve therefore decided to hold a Virtual Summit via Zoom on the original conference date of Thursday 29 October 2020 which will feature a keynote presentation, breakout sessions and a panel debate, as well as opportunities to network and debate key issues. There will be a small charge for commercial and non-commercial places, which can be booked online soon – watch this space! https://bit.ly/malgvirtualsummit

MALG Conference 25 March 2021

With the physical conference at No. 11 Cavendish Square London now only 9 months away, plans are underway to make it the best one yet.

Visit www.malg.org.uk/conference for more info on sponsorship and exhibition packages, and to book delegate places.

Coronavirus: MALG Members Friday Forum update

Our MALG Members Friday Forum is still going strong and there is an appetite to continue with this on a weekly basis for the forseeable future. If you haven’t yet taken part in one, please do join us on a Friday morning 10-11am via Zoom to get the most out of your MALG membership and keep on top of the latest issues as they unfold at this unprecedented time.

As mentioned above, we are particularly keen to get creditors and regulators involved in these critical discussions.

Find out how to join here or contact us on info@malg.org.uk for more info/to submit questions.

MALG Regional Meetings update

The recent MALG regional group meetings held via Zoom have been incredibly well attended and well received, with more than 80 people taking part in one of them. 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: