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Talk Money Scotland Annual Conference (16 November 2018)


Sandra Sankey

Project Manager

Tel. 01506 283788

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The Money Advice Service and the Money Advice Outcomes Team, Improvement Service worked in partnership to deliver the first Talk Money Scotland Annual Conference. The event was planned as part of the National Talk Money Week, which is an annual event organised as part of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK, with the aim to get more people to #TalkMoney.


The UK Financial Capability Strategy aims to improve financial capability across the UK. That means improving people’s ability to manage money well, both day to day and through significant life events, and their ability to handle periods of financial difficulty.


Five new Calls to Action have been announced as part of The Financial Capability Strategy’s ambitious vision of how, together, we could move effectively towards a more financially capable nation. Based on robust insight and evidence, these Calls to Action focus on the five essential building blocks of financial capability: savings, credit, debt advice, retirement and financial education.


The event was hosted by Aberdeenshire Council in the Elected Members building on the 16 November 2018, and was attended by a range of people working across the public, private and third sector.


The event featured presentations and breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics related to financial capability, to raise awareness of the need to continue to improve financial capability interventions and to showcase work organisations are doing to deliver on the financial capability action plan.


Links to the programme, videos, presentations, social media highlights and feedback from delegates and exhibitors at the event can be found below.


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Download the presentation slides and videos of the presentations from the day below.


Welcome from Convenor and Opening Remarks

Yvonne MacDermid

Chair, Scottish Financial Capability Partnership












Welcome from the host

Aberdeenshire Council

Jim Savege, Chief Executive








Keynote speeches


The What Works Fund – Key Learning

Jake Eliot

The Money Advice Service (UK)

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The Young Money Blog

Iona Bain











Gateway to Affordable Credit

Niall Alexander, Carnegie UK Trust

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Breakout Sessions

Download the presentations from the breakout sessions below.


Stepping Forward with StepChange

Sharon Bell, StepChange Scotland


Money Matters Maternity Matters SNIPS (Special Need in Pregnancy) (Warning: large download (250mb))

Geraldine Cotter and Audry Laing, Money Matters Advice Service


Helping Employees to Look After Their Money

Andrew Collings, Neyber


Prevention is Key to Eradicating the Money Lending Activity in Scotland

John Pollock, Trading Standards Scotland


Scotland’s Debt Solutions - Are They Fit for Purpose/What Would Improve the Landscape?

Alex Reid, Accountant in Bankruptcy


Lunchtime Sessions


Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing—Facing up to Child Poverty in Schools

Ashleigh Jenkins, NHS Health Scotland


Insight on the Scottish Financial Education Forum (SFEF)

Steve Stillwell, Money Advice Service


Vox Pop Videos


Yvonne McDermid

Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland












Sharon Bell

Head of StepChange Scotland













John Pollock

Partnership and Support Officer, Trading Standards Scotland











Geraldine Cotter

Chief Executive Officer, Money Matters Money Advice Centre











Luke Tyrell

Consumer Partnerships, Financial Conduct Authority












Hassan Ahmad

Young Person, Young Scot












Feedback from delegates

Read what participants felt about the day in the evaluation summary report.


Social Media Highlights


More information about the Financial Capability Strategy

Financial Capability Strategy – Talk Money Week

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