20 Jul 2022 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)

Hello to MALG Members and subscribers across the UK!
Take a break from the heat to catch up with everything that’s been going on and is coming up in the world of ‘working together to improve the lives of people in debt’…
MALG Conference 2022 – theme, keynote speaker and sponsors/exhibitors revealed!

The MALG Conference 2022 on 3 November at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre is the first one outside of London and set to be our best and most inclusive yet. We are looking forward to welcoming an even wider variety of people from across the whole debt and credit landscape!
Bookings are already coming in thick and fast and we are now pleased to announce the keynote speaker Karl Handscomb, Senior Economist at the Resolution Foundation and the overall conference theme of ‘Jaded: How has working together to improve the lives of people in debt changed in the last 35 years?’ (a nod to MALG’s 35th anniversary, which is traditionally celebrated with jade gifts).

We are also very grateful for the support of our headline sponsor Intrum UK Ltd, other sponsors PRA GroupLantern, and Lester Aldridge, and confirmed exhibitors Intrum UK Ltd, Money & Pensions Service, C&R Software, and entitledto. Please contact bob.winnington@malg.org.uk to enquire about how your organisation could benefit from sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.
Delegate ticket prices have been set in response to member feedback and in the light of the cost of living crisis and rising inflation, to make the event as inclusive and accessible to as many people as possible:

  • MALG Member Commercial Delegate: £275+VAT
  • Non-MALG Member Commercial Delegate: £355+VAT
  • MALG Member Not-for-Profit Delegate: £95+VAT
  • Non-MALG Member Not-for-Profit Delegate: £175+VAT

Further detail on programme and speakers will be announced soon.

MALG AGM & National Members Meeting 14 July 2022 – presentations and papers

Thank you to everyone who joined us ‘in person’ for the MALG AGM & National Members Meeting at the fantastic 6 Alie Street. It was great to see so many of you there to listen to difficult but important presentations from FCA, British Gas Energy Trust, Energy UK and Lending Standards Board about the current cost of living crisis.

All National Members should now have received an email with password to access all the presentations and papers from the day. If you haven’t received it and think you are eligible, please email us on info@malg.org.uk.

The next National Members Meeting will take place via Zoom on 13 September 2022. Details to follow.

MALG celebrates 35th anniversary with launch of Ambassador Programme

MALG is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the launch of a new Ambassador Programme.

At the recent AGM & National Members Meeting, MALG CEO Bob Winnington took attendees through the organisation’s history and key achievements including the publication of the first ever industry guidelines on debt and mental health in 2007, and the switch to virtual collaboration overnight when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020.

Bob then announced the names of 35 MALG Ambassadors (one for each year) who are valued members and colleagues that have gone above and beyond to promote the support the organisation over the years, helping it grow from strength-to-strength in recent times when its existence has been more relevant and important than ever.

The 35 Ambassadors include MALG Board members such as Yvonne MacDermid who headed up Money Advice Scotland for many years, as well as current MALG Members such as Debt Camel blogger Sara Williams who have given up their time to voluntarily sit on committees and steering groups, spoken at events, and made valuable contributions to discussions on an ongoing basis.

Find out more, including the full list of names, here.

MALG CEO to speak at GovDebt Conference

MALG CEO Bob Winnington has been named as a speaker at the GovDebt Conference on 11 October 2022 where the theme will be ‘Transforming Services, Securing Fair Outcomes for All’.

He will be part of the opening keynote panel session entitled ‘Assessing vulnerability and using consumer segmentation as a tool to create effective debt management strategies’ alongside Jonathan Shaw of Christians Against Poverty, Matthew Hooper of Crown Commercial Service, and Steve Coppard of Arum.

Find out more here.

MALG Members Friday Forum update

The fortnightly MALG Friday Forum is still going strong. Whether you’re a regular, have attended before, or are a National or Regional Member who’s never taken advantage of this member benefit, we would be delighted to welcome you on screen.

The next session will be on Friday 29 July at 10am. If you want to share or discuss any particularly pressing topics, you can either join the forum and raise your virtual hand, or please email us on info@malg.org.uk in advance and we can arrange for you to introduce your topic to the room yourself.

Full details, including joining instructions and future dates, can be found here.

MALG Regional Meetings update

Remember, if you are a National Member, you have access to all of our Regional Group Meetings. Please ensure you email us with your preferences should you wish to amend any regions specified on your original application and take full advantage of this membership benefit.

Details of all upcoming regional meetings, including MALG East Anglia on 21 July, can be found here.If you are currently not receiving regular invites to regional meetings and think you should be or want to be, please contact info@malg.org.uk to ensure you are on the mailing list for the relevant regions. Should you wish to contact a particular regional secretary, please use the following addresses: