In this video from The Guardian, John Harris documents a credit union, Dragon Savers in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales and its customers.
Credit Union loans are an alternative to getting a payday loan and have become more widely known in recent times with the support of high profile public backers such as the Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy. View this then VOTE in the poll below.
In Ireland, 50% of the population are members of a Credit Union. In America and Canada, the figure is around 40%. In Australia and New Zealand it is around 25%, but it is closer to 2% in the UK. Despite that, at least 86% of people are eligible to join a Credit Union in England, Scotland and Wales on the basis of where they live and the working areas that are served by Credit Unions.
Stella Creasy, 2010
The comments in John Harris’ film from the local community in south wales may be indicative of a wider low awareness of the role of credit unions. The availability of credit union loans and the general awareness of them, is the focus of this poll. Vote now, in the anonymous poll.
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