Are you like a bank?
As a co-operative all our members are shareholders and so the benefits from successful growth of a credit union are more widely distributed than in traditional financial institutions by investing in our local community. 

Is my money safe? 
We are regulated and authorised by the FCA, just like any other bank. Our staff and Board of Directors are designated as 'authorised persons' by the FCA which means they undergo a range of checks to protect you and your shares in the business. All of our members' savings are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. 

How do I join? 
Joining is simple. Simply pop into our main office with your two forms of identification to show 1) where you live and 2) who you are, you will also need to pay an initial deposit of £3 plus a joining fee of £4. You will be given a welcome pack explaining everything you need to know.

What identification do I need?

Like any financial institution we need to have proof of who you are and where you live. A passport and utility bill will get an account open as would a bank statement, driving licence, DWP Letter, etc.  

What rate of interest do you charge? 

Credit Unions are restricted by legislation to a maximum interest rate of 3% (37.9% APR). Our current rate for all standard loans is 2% (26.8%APR). You will be informed of the rate of interest charged when you apply for a loan. 

Do I have to give notice to withdraw money? 
The Credit Union account is a no notice savings account. Simply inform our staff that you wish to make a withdrawal.  We need to check to ensure you have enough money in your account and then draw up a cheque; We will endeavour to pay you in cash when ever we can, but if this is not possible we will supply you with a letter that will allow you to cash the cheque at the BOS, alternatively we could pay it directly into your bank account. We will always request identification for any withdrawal of money.

How do I pay into the Credit Union? 
You can pay in cash, via standing order or bank transfer. Standing order forms are available from our office. You can also pay into your account via the telephone using your debit card.

You can also choose to have benefits paid into your credit union account. 

Can I set up the bank payments myself? 
Yes. All you need are our account details from the standing order form and your reference number. The reference number is ESSENTIAL and is your account number preceded by a 0(zero) e.g. 0 1234.

What is my share account? 
You can have up to 3 savings accounts. By default your payments are posted to your share 1 account. Share 2 account is like a piggy bank and share 3 is for Christmas.  If you wish to have other accounts credited please inform our office staff of how payments received should be split. 

How much can I borrow? 
This will depend on your financial circumstances and the amount you have saved in your share 1 account. You are entitled to apply for double your savings held in your share 1 account, subject to regular savings. New members require to save for a minimum term of 10 weeks. 

Do you use credit scoring or credit reference agencies? 
No, not at present, but we do check DAS register for all loan applications.

What if I can't repay my loan? 
We realise that things happen that make it difficult to keep up with repayments. The most important issue is to keep in touch - we can always look at rescheduling your loan if your circumstances change. As you are borrowing from your local community we are obliged to protect your investment. We have a credit control policy in place and should you ignore, further action will be taken. We do take people to court to ensure that this money is repaid. If you fall behind with payments interest will accrue and it's always a good idea to try and pay off a bit extra when you can as it will save you money. 

Do you give debt advice? 
Our staff have a basic understanding of money advice to help us understand the problems you may be facing. We can refer you to various agencies to assist you with any financial problems you may have. Please ask any of our staff to assist you in this matter. 

Do you share my information with any other organisations or businesses?

No, we only ask for information necessary to operate your accounts.  for more information and to view our privacy statement, please click here 

How do I get more involved? 
We are always looking for members to volunteer at the offices and run regular recruitment rounds. All members are also eligible to stand for election to our Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting.