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Money Advice Scotland is a leading voice on a number of topics relating to money advice, credit and debt, as well as wider economic issues in general.

We are available to appear on radio and television and write for newspapers. Further, we are able to provide comment on specific issues upon request.

If you require input or copy, we are happy to contribute. For further details, please contact Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland, on 0141 572 0238 or 07846 325 811.

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Latest news

MAS CEO receives Lifetime Achievement Award

16 March 2018

Money Advice Scotland Chief Executive Yvonne MacDermid has received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Women in Credit Awards.

Credit Strategy launched the Women in Credit brand to empower, connect, support and uncover achievements amongst women in the profession.

Yvonne MacDermid OBE said:

“I am delighted to receive Credit Strategy's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

“This award recognises not just individual achievement, but also the dedication of everyone at Money Advice Scotland to be the driving force towards the financial wellbeing if the people of Scotland.”

Mike Holmyard, Vice Convenor of Money Advice Scotland, said:

"Congratulations - the award is well deserved recognition for the phenomenal work that Yvonne and her dedicated team have done for the money advice sector in Scotland and the rest of the UK."

MAS response to 'Millionaire Bankrupts Exposed'

11 January 2018

Money Advice Scotland has contributed a response to the BBC's 'Millionaire Bankrupts Exposed' for Third Force News.

Read the blog here

Launch of new guidance on pensions and debt

19 October 2017

This past week, Money Advice Scotland and the Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG) launched Pensions and Debt Advice – Bridging the Advice Gap – a new paper written by Nick Lord that sets out how the recent changes in UK pension policy impact on consumers’ liability to repay debt. 

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How fit are our personal finances? 

30 June 2017

Following our annual conference, our Chief Executive contributed a blog to Third Force News entitled "How fit are our personal finances?" 

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Scotland’s Money Charity holds annual conference amidst concerns over escalation in personal debt

23 June 2017

On 22nd and 23rd June, Money Advice Scotland was delighted to return to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire to host Scotland’s leading conference on credit, debt and personal finance issues.

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MAS responds to high-cost credit review

15 February 2017

Money Advice Scotland has submitted a response to the FCA's call for input on high-cost credit and the HCSTC price cap.

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New plans for a single public financial guidance body

13 February 2017

Money Advice Scotland has submitted a response to the Treasury's proposals to replace the Money Advice Service with a new single public financial guidance body.

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MAS submits response to FCA mission

25 January 2017

Following a consultation event with our members, Money Advice Scotland has submitted a response to the FCA's consultation on its new mission statement.

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Financial Capability Week 2016

16 November 2016

Money Advice Scotland has participated in the first ever Financial Capability Week.

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MAS responds to Government's Help to Save scheme

25 July 2016

Money Advice Scotland has submitted a response to the HM Treasury consultation on Help to Save.

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Money Advice Scotland's 27th Annual Conference

2 June 2016

"Mind the debt" - Money Advice Scotland holds Annual Conference amidst escalating personal debt levels. 

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Money Advice Scotland presents Manifesto 2016

7 April 2016

Money Advice Scotland is delighted to present its first ever manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections on 5 May 2016.

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MAS expresses support for new standard for pension funds

4 March 2016

Money Advice Scotland has voiced its support for the new standard for cost reporting set out today by the Financial Services Consumer Panel (FSCP).

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MAS welcomes working group report on affordable credit 

3 March 2016


This past week, the Carnegie Trust published its Affordable Credit Working Group report with the headline finding that credit remains most expensive for those who can least afford it. The report, entitled Gateway to Affordable Credit, calls for urgent action to be taken in Scotland’s approach to its credit industry to break the cycle of financial exclusion experienced by many of the country’s most deprived citizens.

Money Advice Scotland were members on the Affordable Credit Working Group which included representatives from the credit industry, the third sector and civil society.

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Consultation response: Money Advice Service Business Plan 

17 February 2016

Money Advice Scotland has published its response to the Money Advice Service Business Plan for 2016/17.

The consultation called for views on the future strategy for the Service including whether the plan met the distinctive financial capability needs of the devolved nations.

Despite rising personal debt levels, the budget allocation for the provision of debt advice in Scotland remained static compared with increases across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Click here to read the full response

Fears grow over long-term financial security as new pension freedoms take effect

11 January 2016

Money Advice Scotland has voiced concern after figures released by the Financial Conduct Authority reveal that more than two thirds of people across the UK are cashing in pension pots in full following the implementation of new pension freedoms.

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Money Advice Scotland responds to the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill

14 December 2015

Money Advice Scotland has made a written submission to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, following its call for evidence on the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill.

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Money Advice Scotland and RBS 'test-drive' new MoneyPlay games on the road to financial wellbeing

9 December 2015

Money Advice Scotland and RBS recently presented the new financial education MoneyPlay games during an evening reception co-hosted by Business Minister Fergus Ewing at the Scottish Parliament. 

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The cost of dying: Money Advice Scotland voices concern at growing funeral poverty

30 November 2015

Money Advice Scotland has expressed concern following the release of figures showing the cost of public health funerals to local authorities - colloquially known as 'paupers' funerals' - has increased by 24% in the past four years.

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Doing the right thing: Money Advice Scotland becomes an accredited Living Wage Employer

28 October 2015

Ahead of Living Wage Week 2015, Money Advice Scotland is pleased to announce its accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.

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