Counting the cost of living in debt

Money Advice Scotland’s 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June 2018 at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank.

Our theme for 2018 is Counting the cost of living in debt. The theme is in recognition of the growing prevalence of debts that are directly related to living costs: people who are falling behind on essential bills such as rent, council tax and fuel bills. Where credit is used, it is often a safety net to meet the shock of rising prices in the context of stagnating incomes.

This year, we are delighted to announce a keynote address from Maggie Craig, Head of Scotland at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Maggie was appointed as the FCA’s first ever head of department for Scotland in September 2017 and will set out her priorities as the regulator seeks to build on its profile and activity north of the border. Chris Fitch, Research Fellow at Bristol University’s Personal Finance Research Centre, will also lead a discussion session on the links between addiction and financial difficulty.

In addition, our range of workshops, panel sessions and exhibitions will ensure delegates get the chance to engage directly with experts in their field from across the UK on the issues that matter most. Topics will include the devolution of debt advice funding, how technology can enhance the advice process and the latest regulatory updates from the Accountant in Bankruptcy.

 Our conference is also an opportunity to showcase Money Advice Scotland’s new strategy for 2018-23. The five-year strategic plan is our most ambitious yet and features new services and products for the advice and creditor sectors as we strive to be the driving force towards financial wellbeing for the people of Scotland.

Conference offers the chance to learn more about our current focus, but also provides the unparalleled opportunity to network with the sector’s key stakeholders, including advisers, insolvency practitioners, creditors, regulators, fintech providers, policymakers and more.


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