Helping avoid the dangers of debt

PEOPLE have the chance to plan ahead with the help of a credit union.

Durham County Credit Union is urging people in east Durham to start saving and make next Christmas a happy one.

East Durham Homes has been supporting the credit union to make it easier for people in east Durham to access affordable savings and loans.

Bosses say it is easy to join and for as little as £1 per week people can start saving.

The credit union and East Durham Homes will be holding a number of drop-in sessions at community venues so people can find out more and join.

Thanks to the England Illegal Money Lending Team, which is making £500 available from the proceeds of crime, the first 10 people who open an account from each drop-in session will have a bonus £10 paid into their account, once they have saved for 12 weeks.

The drop-in sessions will take place between 10am and noon on Thursday, January 26, at Healthworks in Easington Colliery and Friday, January 27, at Blackhall Community Centre.

Pam Cox, tenancy support manager, said: “We have found that a number of our customers can find it difficult to pay their rent because they are paying back high interest loans.

Having a local credit union on our doorstep now gives a realistic option to help people save and avoid the dangers of debt.”

For more information on the credit union call (0191) 3757677.