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Research and policy

Our research and policy work plays a key part in working to achieve our vision of 'helping people across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money with confidence'.

Research and reports

We are committed to a programme of research which enhances understanding of the debt and credit environment and practically improves money advice.

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We've been campaigning for fundamental bailiff reform since 2017

Influencing policy

We use our expertise and evidence from our services to influence policy and practice. Our aim is to improve the UK’s money and debt environment for the benefit of people and small businesses in financial difficulty.

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Government debt and bailiff reform

We are working hard to improve fairness in government debt management, by presenting evidence from our services, developing recommendations for change and working directly with central and local government.

Read Levelling up: The case for reforming government debt collection, published Nov 2020.

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Consultation responses

We regularly respond to a range of consultations and provide oral and written evidence to parliamentary select committees and inquiries.

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We responded to 35 consultations and calls for evidence in 2020

Thoughts at the Trust blog

Read the latest insight, comment and opinion from the debt advice front line.

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Thoughts at the TrustPosted February 1, 2023

Our chief exec Joanna Elson CBE looks ahead...

Joanna Elson

Chief Executive

Thoughts at the TrustPosted November 18, 2022

Our senior policy and comms officer, Harriet...

Harriet Dines

Senior Policy and Communications Officer at Money Advice Trust

Thoughts at the TrustPosted November 10, 2022

Grace Brownfield reflects on our CEO Joanna...

Grace Brownfield

Public Affairs and Policy Manager at Money Advice Trust