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Saving and borrowing money

Think twice before taking out a loan with a payday lender or even a loan shark!

There are alternatives.

Credit unions provide a simple way to take control of your finances. They are community-based savings and loan co-operatives where members pool their savings to lend to one another. They are also an alternative to high street banks, building societies, and the Post Office for current accounts, and offer loans at a lower repayment rates.

Credit unions help you to make sure your rent and bills are taken care of by paying your wages or benefits directly into an account. Some accounts let you pay all your bills first so that you know how much you have left to spend.

Each credit union has its own membership requirements, often based on living or working in the area, but is open to anyone meeting those requirements. There is often a small one-off membership fee, and you can start saving from as little as £1 per week.

There is probably a credit union near you:

2 Shires Credit Union Ltd

Queen's Buildings (Annex)
Potter Street
Worksop
Nottinghamshire S80 2AE

T: 01909 500575

E: info@2shires.org.uk

W: www.2shires.org.uk

Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Credit Union

4 - 6 Soresby Street
Chesterfield
Derbyshire S40 1JN

T: 01246 278833

E: webmail@cnedcu.co.uk

W: www.cnedcu.co.uk

Clockwise Credit Union Ltd

1 St Nicholas Place
Leicester
LE1 5LB

T: 0116 2423900

E: enquiries@clockwise.coop

W: www.clockwise.coop

Derbyshire Community Bank

Phoenix Street
Derby
DE1 2ER

T: 01332 348144

E: manager@dcbank.org.uk

W: www.dcbank.org.uk

Money Spider Credit Union Ltd

46- 48 Grove Street
Swadlincote
Derbyshire DE11 9DD

T: 01283 219761

E: s.calder1@tiscali.co.uk

Leicester Caribbean C U Ltd

35 Lincoln Street
Leicester
LE2 0JU

T: 0116 2512224

E: erichudson@sky.com

Northamptonshire Credit Union Ltd

4th Floor
Town Centre House
7-8 Mercers Row
Northampton
NN1 2QL

T: 01604 250016

E: admin@northamptoncu.co.uk

W: www.northamptonshirecu.co.uk

Nottingham Credit Union Ltd

69 Maid Marian Way
Nottingham
NG1 6AJ

T: 0115 8283121

E: info@nottinghamcu.co.uk

W: www.nottinghamcu.co.uk


You can find out more about credit unions from the Association of British Credit Unions.

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