On Tuesday 14th November, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, hosted an event to celebrate Scottish Financial Capability Week 2017 in the Scottish Parliament.

The week, which runs from 13th – 17th November and is organised under the umbrella of the Financial Capability Strategy for Scotland, brings together a wide variety of organisations and policy makers, including the Scottish Government, Money Advice Scotland and COSLA.

It aims to get people talking about money and to raise awareness around the stubbornly low-levels of financial capability across the country.

It is also an opportunity for organisations to celebrate the ways in which they are helping people to develop financial skills and knowledge and to share best practice and stories of success.

At the event hosted by Ruth in Holyrood, MSPs and guests heard presentations from Shelter, YoungScot, The Govan Law Centre, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Financial Capability Partnership – as well as local primary school pupils, who shared their first hand experience of a money education programme.

Other events are taking place throughout Scotland during the week, and people are encouraged to join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #talkmoneyscotland.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“Ensuring that people of all ages have good financial capability skills is hugely important and will help them to navigate all of the ups and downs of life.

It was a pleasure to host the “Celebrating Financial Capability in Scotland” event in the Scottish Parliament.

I would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed – it was great to hear such a diverse range of work happening right across the country.”