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From the Scottish Parliament, ABCUL is delighted to confirm that, following a successful AGM last week, two new officers of the Cross Party Group on Credit Unions have been elected. Angela Constance MSP, a former Cabinet Secretary with responsibility for credit unions, and Claudia Beamish MSP, a long-serving supporter of the group, take up co-convener roles. ABCUL is pleased to be continuing ...
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South Yorkshire residents struggling to make ends meet this Christmas are being urged to consider ethical loan options that won’t leave you with a festive financial hangover. A pioneering new scheme launched in South Yorkshire aims to transform credit provision and make unaffordable payday loans a thing of the past. A newly launched website, ‘Good Credit’ is listing 29 local services which ...
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Participating in fundraising activities, Lanarkshire Credit Union has raised over £2,000 for a local charity 'Eilidh’s Rainbow’. The staff of Lanarkshire Credit Union held a race night in its local pub and also participated in a charity football match to helped raise awareness and funds for the cause. In early 2019, Eilidh’s Rainbow is a charity formed with the aim of  offering much-needed ...
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Beth Welsh of Pioneer Mutual Credit Union received the inaugural Minerva Award – For the Empowerment of Girls and Women, at the ninth annual Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Performance Excellence. Credit union practitioners were honoured at the annual awards ceremony this month in Manchester. Each year, the awards acknowledge the great contribution of credit unions and practitioners in ...
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Young artists and filmmakers across Wales have used their creative talents to highlight the importance of saving regularly with their local credit union. The winners of the School Partner Competition were announced at the Senedd by Jane Hutt AM, Patron of Credit Unions of Wales. Pupils and teachers were treated to a VIP tour of the Senedd before trophies were presented to the winners who entered ...
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Bradford residents are invited to discover how much fun they can have without spending a penny. ‘Buy Nowt’ is returning for its third year as it puts a Yorkshire twist on the international Buy Nothing Day which campaigns against poverty caused by consumer debt and excess. Through creative activities, families can also learn how to make their own Christmas presents and housing associations will ...
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Last week, 63 individuals from ABCUL’s member credit unions across Scotland, came together for a weekend of learning and sharing best practice. Delegates had the opportunity to network and learn throughout the event and enjoyed workshops focused on good governance in a credit union, a workshop led by the PRA about the sector’s new proposed capital requirements and workshops on credit control ...
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“Thirteen is unlucky for some – but not for Hi-Scot Credit Union,” says General Manager of Hi-Scot, David Mackay, as the credit union is celebrating its 13 years of serving members across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. “HI-Scot has continued to grow, year on year, since 2006,” said David, “In 2011 we expanded to Highland region and the Orkney and Shetland Islands and now have over 3000 ...
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Last month, the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) announced in its annual Statistical Report that global credit union membership, has surpassed 274 million members worldwide. Data gathered by WOCCU shows substantial growth in membership for the sector, stating that global membership has increased by 90 million since 2010. Also, WOCCU says that more than 14 million people joined a ...
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The next generation of credit union leaders will come together at next year’s ABCUL Annual Conference, in partnership with the World Council of Credit Unions and its Global Youth Summit. ABCUL members will be able to register for the unique, invaluable learning program that allows young credit union professionals to connect, share and live the credit union values of cooperation and people ...
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In its 20 th anniversary year, HEY Credit Union, serving over 15,000 members and junior savers across the Humber Region and beyond has recorded another year of positive development. Celebrating its anniversary year, which was marked with a Lord Mayoral visit to Central Office, the credit union reflected on the impact it’s made in the community over the last two decades, granting over 55,000 ...
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Clockwise Credit Union joins several organisations across Leicester, taking part in a new initiative 'Give Leicester', improving the lives of the city’s most vulnerable. People who want to help rough sleepers in the city can now support a local night shelter using new donation points across Leicester. Donations collected over the first six months of the scheme will go towards the One Roof Winter ...
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