Sunday, 20 May 2007

Motion Laid in Scottish Parliament Welcoming Conference

Jackie Baillie, MSP, has put down a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the Debt on our Doorstep/ Citizens Advice Scotland conference taking place in Edinburgh on 29th and 30th May.

The conference, which is now fully booked, will debate the critical issues of responsible credit and fair financial services at a crucial time with banks facing what amounts to a popular rebellion over default charges and increasing concern over extortionate lending and the lack of affordable financial services for low income communities. The motion (see below) goes onto underline the importance of cross part collaboration in Holyrood and Westminster to tackle these concerns.

Activity is also increasing on the European and Global stage, with the European Coalition for Responsible Credit gearing up for a conference in Brussels in September (see for details); and contacts made by the Global Fair Finance initiative in Japan, Mexico and South Africa.

The motion reads:

*S3M-30 Jackie Baillie: UK Credit Options Conference; ;That the Parliament recognises the crucial importance of fair and affordable credit for all in Scotland; welcomes delegates to the second UK credit options conference in Edinburgh on 29 and 30 May 2007, hosted by citizens advice Scotland and Debt on our Doorstep, and acknowledges the importance of the Cross-Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on Tackling Debt in contributing to full debate of the issues surrounding credit and debt.

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