Gerald supports #2020 vision for credit unions

Gerald is supporting a campaign from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Credit Unions in support of a #2020 vision for credit unions aiming to increase credit union membership to 2 million by 2020.

Credit union membership today stands at 1.2 million meaning that credit unions would need to grow by two thirds to achieve the target.

In pursuit of this the All-Party Group, supported by the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL), is asking the Government to press ahead with commitments made in the last Parliament:

  • Review credit union legislation to remove barriers to growth
  • Ensure credit union regulation remains proportionate
  • Support investment in sustainable business models for credit unions
  • Encourage employers to provide credit union services via payroll deduction
  • Support greater skilled volunteering in credit unions

Credit unions are deposit-taking savings and loans institutions which provide a source of affordable credit and safe savings as well as, in an increasing number of cases, banking services, insurance products with one or two providing mortgages. They provide services to those who would otherwise find difficulty in accessing finance and offer choice and competition in the wider market.

Our local credit union is Merthyr Tydfil borough Credit Union, and can be found at 139 High St, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan CF47 8DN or at online

Gerald said:

I’m supporting the #2020 vision for credit unions because credit unions provide a vital service to communities up and down the country.  They help people who find themselves in financial difficulty through providing affordable loans and a protected place to save and they are also helping to make banking more competitive in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis.

Its great to know that the money we save locally can go towards helping our friends and neighbours in the area. Every penny saved there is spent locally keeping money in the area, which is so important to help redevelop Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

“Our Credit Union is a real lifeline for people who are struggling to make ends meet and find themselves in debt as well as providing a competitive range of loans for a whole range of purposes, including setting up in business, buying a new car or getting away for the summer. They also play an invaluable role in encouraging people to save for a rainy day or towards retirement. Having them located in the town center is a real asset and easily accessible for everyone.”

ABCUL provides the secretariat for the The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Credit Unions, If you would like to know more about the work they undertake please email 

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