05 Mar 2024 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)


Hello to all our Members and Associates!

It’s been a busy start to 2024 and as always we have a lot to update you on…


MALG Conference heads to Leeds for 2024!

For those who’ve not yet heard the news, we’re pleased to announce that we have found the perfect venue for this year’s MALG Conference – Aspire Leeds! We’ll be hosting the event in Yorkshire for the first time in our 37 year history on Thursday 7 November 2024 and we’re already building an exciting programme. We have also already secured the commitment of a number of sponsors and exhibitors including: Acquired.comAngel AdvanceCDER GroupDukes BailiffsExperianGamcareLanternLester AldridgePolicy in Practice and PRA Group. While we’ll be able to accommodate more exhibitors this year, we do still expect to sell out so please email bob.winnington@malg.org.uk early to avoid disappointment.

We welcome suggestions for topics and speakers here. Delegate bookings will open soon. In the meantime, read about the venue announcement here, catch up on the testimonials received and refresh your minds of the quality of the programme from the MALG Conference 2023 here.


Civil Court Users Association (CCUA) National Meeting

MALG CEO Bob Winnington will be speaking at the National Meeting of the CCUA’s Regional Groups on 21 March. He’ll be sharing insights from the wider debt landscape with their Members working in the world of civil litigation and encouraging them to get involved. Find out more about CCUA.


MALG National Members Meetings

Thanks to everyone who attended the first MALG National Members Meeting of 2024 via Zoom on 15 February, including our fantastic line-up of speakers Vanessa Northam of Stepchange, Neil Taylor of Natwest, Tom Eyre of LoqBox, Helen Lord of Vulnerability Registration Service, and Cat Divers of National Support Network. Papers and presentations are now available via the password-protected link.

The next National Members Meeting will return to the London Transport Museum on Wednesday 15 May thanks to sponsorship from CDER Group for a third consecutive year. Save the date for this not-to-be-missed event and watch this space for details.


Debt Awareness Week 2024

For 10 years, StepChange’s annual campaign Debt Awareness Week has shone a spotlight on the experiences of people dealing with problem debt and put the free and impartial advice available on the agenda. With the support of our partners, it’s reached millions of people.

This year, during Debt Awareness Week on 18-24 March 2024, StepChange will be calling attention to the barriers faced by people which delay or stop them from accessing advice, including:

  1. Not understanding how debt advice could help them
  2. Being worried that their friends or family will find out
  3. Fears that their credit score will be affected, or they won’t be able to borrow more money
  4. Mental health issues making it more difficult to get help
  5. Not having enough time to seek advice and tackle their debt

Find out how you can support the campaign here.


New MALG Members

Welcome to our newest MALG Members demonstrating their commitment to ‘working together to improve the lives of people in debt’: TellJo, Welfare Together and Oldham Council.

If you are not already a Member, why not start taking advantage of the full range of benefitsOur Membership Application Form is now fully online and takes just minutes to complete. Find out more about packages and prices and apply here.

Need to make the business case for joining or renewing? Email info@malg.org.uk and we will do whatever we can to help. If there are any organisations or sectors you would like to see as MALG Members, let us know and we will look to engage with them.


MALG Regional Meetings Update

Remember, if you are a National Member, you have access to all the Regional Groups chosen on your original Membership Application form. All Members will receive invites with a link to the online booking form, to register and secure a place for all Regional Members Meetings. You will notice this will be the same members password used to access Meeting papers/resources following events. If you do not receive the email invitations, please contact info@malg.org.uk.

Details of all upcoming Regional Meetings, including the virtual MALG Midlands Meeting on 13 March, can be found here. You can use the form here to suggest topics, speakers and locations for future Meetings.

The main contact for each Regional Group is listed below should you have any other queries:


MALG Members Friday Forum

Whether you’re a regular, have attended before, a National or Regional Member who’s yet to take advantage of this hugely popular member benefit, we would be delighted to welcome you on screen for an hour of informal, open – and usually lively! – discussions and debates on the latest issues facing those across the debt landscape. These discussions often result in tangible solutions and collaborative opportunities so don’t miss out.

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.

Please note we will be issuing a NEW Members Password to join the MALG Friday Forum and all members will receive an email with these details following the Easter Break.