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Credit Unions: Outline

Credit Unions

Credit Unions are community savings and loans co-operatives,  where members pool their savings and responsibly lend to one and other. You can save a little as you want each week or month (up to a maximum of £15,000) and borrow responsibly. They offer savings and great value loans plus they are local, ethical and know what their members want. Many credit unions now offer a range of services including a current account, benefits direct, ISAs and Child Trust Funds.

Find out more with from this information sheet.

The three main aims of a Credit Union are:

  • To encourage its members to save regularly.
  • To provide loans to members at very low rates of interest.
  • To provide members with help and support on managing their financial affairs (if required).

Rossendale Credit Unions

Bacup Credit Union - for Bacup and Whitworth areas

9 St James Square
OL13 9NH

Tel - 01706 601809

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Mid Rossendale Credit Union - for Rawtenstall, Waterfoot and Bury North

5 Bacup Road

Tel - 01706 212759

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First Choice Credit Union - for Rossendale, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Preston

15 Greenfield Street

Tel - 01706 215082

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Other Credit Union Sites

Credit Unions are run for the community by the community. Each member makes regular payments into a savings account - this fund then provides the basis for preferential rate loans. The income generated by lending, helps the union meet the operating expenses, build reserves and pay savers an annual dividend.

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