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star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
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star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction of an automated loans and decision programme for credit unions to support the modernisation process of those unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 265454 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions’ Credit Union Expansion Project delivered an Automated Loans and Decision tool (ALD) which has been used by over 70 credit unions. The ALD has allowed credit unions to achieve up to 40% administrative savings on delivering loans and reduce provision for unpaid debt by over £1 million. There are also third party suppliers who offer these services on a commercial basis.</p><p> </p><p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018 the Chancellor announced a new £2 million challenge fund to promote innovative technological solutions from the UK’s Fintech sector to address challenges faced by social and community lenders, including credit unions. This will help support the continued development and modernisation of the credit union sector.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2019-06-20T14:11:51.823Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-20T14:11:51.823Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
1125049
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support the (a) development and (b) governance of credit unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 251214 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced a two-year pilot of a new prize-linked savings scheme offered through credit unions. This will support the credit union sector through increased membership, awareness and deposits, as well as encouraging participants to build up savings to help them cope with financial shocks.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018 the Chancellor also announced a new £2 million challenge fund to promote innovative solutions from the UK’s Fintech sector to address challenges faced by social and community lenders, including credit unions.</p><p> </p><p>This Government believes improving governance in the sector is best led by the sector itself, and supports the work of industry bodies in this regard.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2019-05-13T14:36:47.197Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T14:36:47.197Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1125162
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 29 April 2019 Questions 246542, 246543 and 246544 on Credit Unions, what discussions he has had with the Prudential Regulation Authority on changing capital requirements for credit unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 251439 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answer text <p>Capital requirements for credit unions are set by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), in line with their mandate to promote the safety and soundness of firms. The PRA is independent from government and is responsible for ensuring the credit union sector is effectively regulated and financially stable.</p><p> </p><p>I have regular meetings with the PRA to discuss a range of ongoing policy issues, including in relation to credit unions.</p><p> </p><p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Credit union membership and assets continue to grow, with membership passing 2 million for the first time in 2018 and total assets growing to over £3.3 billion.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 251440 more like this
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less than 2019-05-13T14:26:34.347Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T14:26:34.347Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1125163
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 29 April 2019 Questions 246542, 246543 and 246544 on Credit Unions, whether it is his Department's policy to support the Prudential Regulation Authority on decisions to change the capital requirements for credit unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 251440 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
star this property answer text <p>Capital requirements for credit unions are set by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), in line with their mandate to promote the safety and soundness of firms. The PRA is independent from government and is responsible for ensuring the credit union sector is effectively regulated and financially stable.</p><p> </p><p>I have regular meetings with the PRA to discuss a range of ongoing policy issues, including in relation to credit unions.</p><p> </p><p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Credit union membership and assets continue to grow, with membership passing 2 million for the first time in 2018 and total assets growing to over £3.3 billion.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 251439 more like this
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less than 2019-05-13T14:26:34.287Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T14:26:34.287Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1122539
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of discontinuities in credit union capital requirements on credit unions' capacity to grow assets beyond £10 million; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 246542 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
star this property answer text <p>Representatives from credit unions have raised issues with me related to capital requirements, most recently when I spoke at the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd (ABCUL) conference in March 2019. Capital requirements for credit unions are set by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), in line with their mandate to promote the safety and soundness of firms.</p><p> </p><p>The PRA is independent from government and is responsible for ensuring the credit union sector is effectively regulated and financially stable.</p><p> </p><p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Credit union membership and assets continue to grow, with membership passing 2 million for the first time in 2018 and total assets growing to over £3.3 billion.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
246543 more like this
246544 more like this
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less than 2019-04-29T14:19:31.16Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-29T14:19:31.16Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1122540
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star this property date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on changing credit union capital requirements; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 246543 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
star this property answer text <p>Representatives from credit unions have raised issues with me related to capital requirements, most recently when I spoke at the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd (ABCUL) conference in March 2019. Capital requirements for credit unions are set by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), in line with their mandate to promote the safety and soundness of firms.</p><p> </p><p>The PRA is independent from government and is responsible for ensuring the credit union sector is effectively regulated and financially stable.</p><p> </p><p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Credit union membership and assets continue to grow, with membership passing 2 million for the first time in 2018 and total assets growing to over £3.3 billion.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
246542 more like this
246544 more like this
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less than 2019-04-29T14:19:31.207Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-29T14:19:31.207Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1122542
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star this property date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change credit union capital requirements to support credit unions to grow assets beyond £10 million; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 246544 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
star this property answer text <p>Representatives from credit unions have raised issues with me related to capital requirements, most recently when I spoke at the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd (ABCUL) conference in March 2019. Capital requirements for credit unions are set by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), in line with their mandate to promote the safety and soundness of firms.</p><p> </p><p>The PRA is independent from government and is responsible for ensuring the credit union sector is effectively regulated and financially stable.</p><p> </p><p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Credit union membership and assets continue to grow, with membership passing 2 million for the first time in 2018 and total assets growing to over £3.3 billion.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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246542 more like this
246543 more like this
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less than 2019-04-29T14:19:31.253Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-29T14:19:31.253Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1082539
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star this property date less than 2019-03-06more like thismore than 2019-03-06
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is providing to Credit Unions to improve their governance policies. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow East more like this
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David Linden more like this
star this property uin 229202 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced a two-year pilot of a new prize-linked savings scheme offered through credit unions. This will support the credit union sector through increased membership, awareness and deposits, as well as encouraging participants to build up savings to help them cope with financial shocks. The Chancellor also announced a new £2 million challenge fund to promote innovative solutions from the UK’s Fintech sector to address challenges faced by social and community lenders, including credit unions.</p><p> </p><p>This Government believes improving governance in the sector is best led by the sector itself, and supports ABCUL’s work in this regard.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2019-03-11T14:19:08.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-11T14:19:08.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for David Linden more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many credit unions have been involved in the Credit Union Expansion Project; and in which region do they operate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 220111 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
star this property answer text <p>Over 70 Credit Unions benefited from the Credit Union Expansion Project with products such as an Automated Lending and Decision System. These credit unions operated across England, Wales and Scotland. The Credit Union Expansion Project did not include credit unions in Northern Ireland as the aim of the project was to drive up membership of GB credit unions from a very low base. Across GB less than 1% of the population were members of a credit union at the outset of the project. The situation in Northern Ireland is different with over 26% of the population being members of credit unions. The Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion met with representatives of Northern Ireland credit unions on the 20 July 2018 in Belfast.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-02-18T17:45:45.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-18T17:45:45.673Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they give to credit unions. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL13112 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-06more like thismore than 2019-02-06
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced a two-year pilot of a new prize-linked savings scheme offered through credit unions. This will support the credit union sector through increased membership, awareness and deposits, as well as encouraging participants to build up savings to help them cope with financial shocks.</p><p> </p>The Chancellor also announced a new £2 million challenge fund to promote innovative solutions from the UK’s Fintech sector to address challenges faced by social and community lenders, including credit unions. This follows the success of last year’s Rent Recognition Challenge, where Government backing has supported UK Fintechs to successfully develop and roll out digital solutions for incorporating rental data into credit scores. more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2019-02-06T12:52:02.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-06T12:52:02.683Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support and enable the growth of credit unions. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL12547 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-21more like thismore than 2019-01-21
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced a two-year pilot of a new prize-linked savings scheme offered through credit unions. This will support the credit union sector through increased membership, awareness and deposits, as well as encouraging participants to build up savings to help them cope with financial shocks.</p><p> </p><p>The Chancellor also announced a new £2 million challenge fund to promote innovative solutions from the UK’s Fintech sector to address challenges faced by social and community lenders, including credit unions. This follows the success of last year’s Rent Recognition Challenge, where UK Fintechs were invited to develop digital solutions for incorporating rental data into credit scores.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2019-01-21T15:38:44.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-21T15:38:44.68Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text What further steps he plans to take to support credit unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
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Gareth Thomas more like this
star this property uin 908141 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to local communities.</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support the social and community lending sector, including credit unions.</p><p> </p><p>This includes a prize-linked savings scheme for credit unions, simplifying regulation to make it easier for Registered Social Landlords to refer to credit unions, and a challenge fund to create technological solutions for credit unions and Community Development Finance Institutions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2018-12-11T17:04:01.087Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T17:04:01.087Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-19more like thismore than 2018-10-19
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the credit union expansion project. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 181556 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-24more like thismore than 2018-10-24
star this property answer text <p>Government is committed to facilitating sustainable financial services that give consumers greater choice in accessing credit. Credit union membership in Great Britain has increased year-on-year since 2014, rising to around 1.32 million members in 2017; this was an increase of over 150,000 individuals over the 3 year period. It is even more encouraging that credit unions are becoming more popular with junior members; in 2017 there were over 139,000 junior members of credit unions in Great Britain compared to around 128,000 in 2014.</p><p> </p><p>The Credit Union Expansion Project (CUEP) aims were for participating credit unions to modernise and grow in a financially sustainable way, over time. The contractor aimed to deliver that by enabling credit unions to access a standardised banking service.</p><p>CUEP has delivered an Automated Loans and Decision tool (ALD) used by over 70 credit unions, centralised services such as a standardised front facing website, and that the ALD has allowed credit unions to achieve up to 40% administrative savings on delivering loans and reduce provision for unpaid debt by over £1 million. CUEP also led to a number of credit unions to merge, and others to work together to develop standardised products and deliver local marketing campaigns to increase membership. CUEP contributed to credit unions on the platform to increase the value of loans made.</p><p>Due to the Contractors failure to meet contractual milestones, DWP terminated the CUEP contract on 16<sup>th</sup> February 2018. Whilst the contractor has not met their contractual agreement, they have delivered a banking platform that allows credit union members to receive a range of banking services and benefit from more affordable credit. At the point the contract was terminated the platform was being used by three credit unions with a total of approximately 16.5k members allowing members to benefit from 24 hour online access to their accounts, and receive faster payments on a loan on the same day, usually within 4 hours.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2018-10-24T15:11:56.777Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-24T15:11:56.777Z
star this property answering member
4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
1409
star this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
923130
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-06-13more like thismore than 2018-06-13
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to review the legislation covering credit unions. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL8594 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-06-27more like thismore than 2018-06-27
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector.</p><p> </p><p>Government engages closely with representatives of the credit union sector throughout the UK to understand how credit unions may best be supported. This includes speaking to Northern Ireland specific trade bodies and maintaining an ongoing relationship with the devolved Department for Economy in Northern Ireland to understand any issues specific to Northern Ireland’s credit union sector.</p><p>Government’s engagement with the credit union sector includes ongoing consideration of its legislative framework. For example, in 2014 Government conducted a Call for Evidence (‘British Credit Unions at 50’) on credit unions. Several respondents asked for changes to the legislation governing credit unions, and in its response, Government committed to actively consider legislative changes in the next Parliament. At Autumn Budget 2017, Government committed to raising the geographical common bond limit for credit unions from 2 to 3 million. This change came into effect in April 2018.</p><p>All changes to credit union legislation must be considered alongside the need to maintain an appropriate regulatory regime for credit unions. A looser legislative framework would likely require increased regulation which might be inappropriate for small, community based institutions.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL8595 more like this
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less than 2018-06-27T14:03:17.73Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-27T14:03:17.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-05-15more like thismore than 2018-05-15
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve and promote access to credit unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton North East more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Sir David Crausby more like this
star this property uin 144185 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-23more like thismore than 2018-05-23
star this property answer text <p>The government remains committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. To improve access to credit unions, government has:</p><p>· In April 2018, announced increased funding for a scheme which incentivises credit union membership in areas at risk of being targeted by loan sharks. This will help vulnerable people to borrow and save with a safe and responsible financial provider, and promote credit unions as an alternative source of credit.</p><p>· At Autumn Budget 2017, announced that the credit union ‘common bond’ limit, which applies to credit unions whose membership is based around a local area, would be raised from 2 to 3 million. This change came into force in April this year, and will allow the larger credit unions to expand and help the sector to consolidate.</p><p>· In 2014, raised the statutory cap on the total interest a credit union can charge on loans from 2 to 3% per month. This has allowed credit unions to expand into new markets, and compete more effectively with other lenders.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2018-05-23T15:36:15.173Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-23T15:36:15.173Z
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Crausby more like this
867103
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-19more like thismore than 2018-03-19
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the outcome of the Credit Union Expansion Project. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brentford and Isleworth more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Ruth Cadbury more like this
star this property uin 133221 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-27more like thismore than 2018-03-27
star this property answer text <p>The contractor for the Credit Union Expansion Project (CUEP) facilitated access to a standardised banking service. This banking platform allows credit union members to receive a range of banking services and benefit from more affordable credit. The platform is currently used by three credit unions with a total of approximately 16.5k members and allows these members to benefit from 24 hour online access to their accounts, and receive faster payments on a loan on the same day, usually within 4 hours.</p><p> </p><p>CUEP led to a number of credit unions to merge, and others to work together to develop standardised products and deliver local marketing campaigns to increase membership. CUEP also contributed to credit unions on the platform to increase the amount and value of loans made.</p><p>CUEP ended on 16 February 2018 and it is too early to say what effect it had on the credit union sector. It should be noted that the credit union sector has grown over the lifetime of CUEP. As of January 2018, credit unions in Great Britain serve over 1.1 million adult members and have total assets of £1.5 billion and £815m in loans.</p><p>The project will undertake an evaluation as part of the project closure.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 133223 more like this
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less than 2018-03-27T12:48:52.873Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-27T12:48:52.873Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Ruth Cadbury more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-19more like thismore than 2018-03-19
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to publish the accounts of the Credit Union Expansion Project. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brentford and Isleworth more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Ruth Cadbury more like this
star this property uin 133222 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-27more like thismore than 2018-03-27
star this property answer text <p>DWP engaged a contractor to deliver the Credit Union Expansion Project (CUEP). It is the responsibility of the contractor to include any disclosure relating to the project within their accounts.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2018-03-27T12:56:03.1Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-27T12:56:03.1Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
4389
star this property label Biography information for Ruth Cadbury more like this
867105
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-19more like thismore than 2018-03-19
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what effect the Credit Union Expansion Project had on access to finance for people who are financially excluded. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brentford and Isleworth more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Ruth Cadbury more like this
star this property uin 133223 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-27more like thismore than 2018-03-27
star this property answer text <p>The contractor for the Credit Union Expansion Project (CUEP) facilitated access to a standardised banking service. This banking platform allows credit union members to receive a range of banking services and benefit from more affordable credit. The platform is currently used by three credit unions with a total of approximately 16.5k members and allows these members to benefit from 24 hour online access to their accounts, and receive faster payments on a loan on the same day, usually within 4 hours.</p><p> </p><p>CUEP led to a number of credit unions to merge, and others to work together to develop standardised products and deliver local marketing campaigns to increase membership. CUEP also contributed to credit unions on the platform to increase the amount and value of loans made.</p><p>CUEP ended on 16 February 2018 and it is too early to say what effect it had on the credit union sector. It should be noted that the credit union sector has grown over the lifetime of CUEP. As of January 2018, credit unions in Great Britain serve over 1.1 million adult members and have total assets of £1.5 billion and £815m in loans.</p><p>The project will undertake an evaluation as part of the project closure.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 133221 more like this
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less than 2018-03-27T12:48:52.937Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-27T12:48:52.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Ruth Cadbury more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-13more like thismore than 2018-03-13
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the Credit Union Expansion Project has been closed; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hove more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Peter Kyle more like this
star this property uin 132193 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-16more like thismore than 2018-03-16
star this property answer text <p>The DWP engaged a contractor to deliver Credit Union Expansion Project. The contractor repeatedly failed to meet its obligations. This left them in breach of contract and left the DWP with no alternative but to terminate the contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2018-03-16T11:26:46.307Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-16T11:26:46.307Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Peter Kyle more like this
850981
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-27more like thismore than 2018-02-27
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of credit union legislation; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Gareth Thomas more like this
star this property uin 130182 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
star this property answer text <p>Government engages closely with representatives of the credit union sector to understand how credit unions may best be supported, including ongoing consideration of their legislative framework.</p><p> </p><p>For example, in 2014 Government conducted a Call for Evidence (‘British Credit Unions at 50’) on credit unions. Several respondents asked for changes to the legislation governing credit unions, and in its response, Government committed to actively consider legislative changes in the next Parliament. At Autumn Budget 2017, Government committed to raising the geographical common bond limit for credit unions from 2 to 3 million. This change will come into effect from April 2018.</p><p> </p><p>All changes to credit union legislation must be considered alongside the need to maintain an appropriate regulatory regime for credit unions. A looser legislative framework would likely require increased regulation which might be inappropriate for small, community based institutions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
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less than 2018-03-05T15:52:32.553Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-05T15:52:32.553Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-23more like thismore than 2018-02-23
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what action have they taken to support credit unions in the last two years. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL5839 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-06more like thismore than 2018-03-06
star this property answer text <p>The government is committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Over the last two financial years, the government has done this by:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Budget 2017, that where a credit union’s membership conditions are based on locality, a credit union will be able to increase the number of potential members it can have to from 2 to 3 million. The legislation to make this change was laid in November 2017 and comes into force in April 2018.</p></li><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Statement 2016 that, from 2018, an existing scheme which incentivises credit union membership in communities at risk of being targeted by loan sharks, will be expanded. This uses funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act from convicted loan sharks.</p></li><li><p>Contributing £600,000 to an initiative developed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Young Enterprise, to start savings clubs in primary schools and educate young children in the benefits of saving. Lifesavers works with local credit unions to help run savings clubs with schoolchildren, and is currently being piloted in six primary schools.</p></li><li><p>Providing funding for the Credit Union Expansion Project, delivered by the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd, with an aim to modernise and grow the sector. Over the past year, credit unions with a total membership of 16,500 have begun using an online banking platform provided by this project.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2018-03-06T13:05:44.87Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-06T13:05:44.87Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
star this property tabling member
4153
star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
839096
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star this property date less than 2018-02-08more like thismore than 2018-02-08
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he offers to Credit Unions; and what steps his Department is taking to encourage their use. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ogmore more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Chris Elmore more like this
star this property uin 127655 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-20more like thismore than 2018-02-20
star this property answer text <p>The government is committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially underserved communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. The government has done this by:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Budget 2017, that where a credit union’s membership conditions are based on locality, a credit union will be able to increase the number of potential members it can have from 2 to 3 million.</p><p> </p></li><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Statement 2016 that, from 2018, a scheme which incentivises credit union membership in communities at risk of being targeted by loan sharks, will be expanded. This uses funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act from convicted loan sharks.</p><p> </p></li><li><p>Contributing £600,000 to an initiative developed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Young Enterprise, to start savings clubs in primary schools and educate young children in the benefits of saving. Lifesavers works with local credit unions to help run savings clubs in schools.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
star this property answering member printed John Glen more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2018-02-20T12:12:26.343Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-20T12:12:26.343Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for John Glen more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Elmore more like this
810007
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-12-20more like thismore than 2017-12-20
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to credit unions in the UK in the last two financial years. more like this
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Lord Elystan-Morgan more like this
star this property uin HL4353 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-08more like thismore than 2018-01-08
star this property answer text <p>The government is committed to supporting credit unions, which provide vital services to financially under-served communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. Over the last two financial years, the government has done this by:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Budget 2017, that where a credit union’s membership conditions are based on locality, a credit union will be able to increase the number of potential members it can have to from 2 to 3 million. The legislation to make this change was laid in November 2017 and comes into force in April 2018.</p></li><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Statement 2016 that, from 2018, an existing scheme which incentivises credit union membership in communities at risk of being targeted by loan sharks, will be expanded. This uses funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act from convicted loan sharks.</p></li><li><p>Contributing £600,000 to an initiative developed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Young Enterprise, to start savings clubs in primary schools and educate young children in the benefits of saving. Lifesavers works with local credit unions to help run savings clubs with schoolchildren, and is currently being piloted in six primary schools.</p></li><li><p>Providing funding for the Credit Union Expansion Project, delivered by the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd. In 2017, three credit unions with a total membership of 16,500 began using an online banking platform provided by this project.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2018-01-08T16:32:28.647Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-08T16:32:28.647Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Elystan-Morgan more like this
798690
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-12-01more like thismore than 2017-12-01
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support access to credit unions; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Gareth Thomas more like this
star this property uin 117084 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-12-06more like thismore than 2017-12-06
star this property answer text <p>The government is committed to supporting access to credit unions, which provide vital services to financially underserved communities and contribute to the diversity of the UK’s financial services sector. The government has done this by:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Budget 2017, that where a credit union’s membership conditions are based on locality, a credit union will be able to increase the number of potential members it can have from 2 to 3 million.</p></li><li><p>Contributing £600,000 to an initiative developed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Young Enterprise, to start savings clubs in primary schools and educate young children in the benefits of saving. Lifesavers works with local credit unions to help run savings clubs in schools.</p></li><li><p>Contracting the Association of British Credit Unions Limited to deliver the Credit Union Expansion Project, which aims to modernise and grow credit unions in a sustainable way, enabling them to offer additional financial services to their members.</p></li><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Statement 2016 that, from 2018, a scheme which incentivises credit union membership in communities at risk of being targeted by loan sharks, will be expanded. This uses funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act from convicted loan sharks.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency North East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Barclay more like this
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less than 2017-12-06T17:08:21.533Zmore like thismore than 2017-12-06T17:08:21.533Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Barclay more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
797877
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-11-30more like thismore than 2017-11-30
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a further review of the credit union expansion project to examine the possibility of additional changes that would allow credit unions to offer additional financial services. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 116784 more like this
star this property answer
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-12-05more like thismore than 2017-12-05
star this property answer text <p>The Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL) is delivering the Credit Union Expansion Project. Three credit unions are using the banking platform delivered through CUEP though none have signed off to business as usual. There is no plan to make changes to the contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2017-12-05T14:00:20.377Zmore like thismore than 2017-12-05T14:00:20.377Z
star this property answering member
4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
780352
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-10-30more like thismore than 2017-10-30
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to expand the scope of products that credit unions can choose to provide to their members. more like this
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Baroness Primarolo more like this
star this property uin HL2716 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-07more like thismore than 2017-11-07
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and credit unions play a key role in this by offering affordable, responsible credit to some communities.</p><p> </p><p>In response to the Government’s 2014 Call for Evidence on the future of credit unions, the Government committed to consider potential legislative changes in the previous Parliament that would help the sector grow and thrive.</p><p>However, it is important to consider any changes carefully to avoid unintended consequences, such as bringing smaller credit unions into regulation that might not be proportionate.</p><p>The Government remains committed to supporting the sector and will continue to work with interested stakeholders to achieve this. The government is also keen for the sector to look for further opportunities to grow within the existing regulatory framework by exploring opportunities for collaboration within the sector.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2017-11-07T16:19:56.933Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-07T16:19:56.933Z
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Primarolo more like this
765975
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-10-06more like thismore than 2017-10-06
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the promotion of credit unions as an alternative to pay day lenders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Renfrewshire more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Paul Masterton more like this
star this property uin 105873 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-16more like thismore than 2017-10-16
star this property answer text <p>Credit unions play a key role in offering affordable, responsible credit to underserved communities. The Government has supported the sector in the following ways:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Announcing at Autumn Statement 2016 that a greater proportion of funds recovered from illegal money lenders will be allocated to incentivise vulnerable people to join, save and borrow with a credit union instead of turning to loan sharks;</p></li><li><p>Increasing the maximum interest rate that credit unions can charge on loans from 2% to 3%. This has helped credit unions become more stable and allowed them to offer reliable, affordable credit to consumers who may otherwise have had to resort to more expensive means;</p></li><li><p>Contributing £600,000 to an initiative developed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Young Enterprise, to start savings clubs in primary schools and educate young children in the benefits of saving, while promoting awareness of credit unions to children and their parents. Lifesavers works with local credit unions to help run savings clubs in schools; and</p></li><li><p>Initiating the Credit Union Expansion Project, a £38 million project aimed at helping the sector modernise and offer new services.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency North East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Barclay more like this
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less than 2017-10-16T11:05:05.51Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-16T11:05:05.51Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Barclay more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Masterton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-16more like thismore than 2017-01-16
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 58730, on credit unions, what steps he plans to take to complete the expansion project for credit unions; how the £38 million will be allocated; and over what time period that allocation will take place. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton North East more like this
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Sir David Crausby more like this
star this property uin 59997 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-23more like thismore than 2017-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The Contract to deliver the Credit Union Expansion Project was scheduled to end in December 2016. The Association of British Credit Unions Ltd (ABCUL) are delivering the Contract and has provided a proposal to extend the delivery timeline. To allow the proposal to be considered the Department has agreed an interim Contract extension to February 2017.</p><p> </p><p>To the end of December 2016, £30.8.m has been spent. Any remaining expenditure is subject to agreement on ABCUL’s proposal to extend the Contract and delivery of specific outcomes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Watford more like this
star this property answering member printed Richard Harrington more like this
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less than 2017-01-23T14:54:45.937Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-23T14:54:45.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Richard Harrington more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Crausby more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-01-06more like thismore than 2017-01-06
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Government plans to improve and promote access to credit unions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bolton North East more like this
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Sir David Crausby more like this
star this property uin 58730 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-11more like thismore than 2017-01-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s manifesto commits to support the credit union movement in making financial services more accessible over the course of this Parliament. The Government has supported the sector in the following ways:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Investing up to £38 million in an expansion project for credit unions, aimed at helping credit unions expand and grow sustainably.</p></li><li><p>The Government announced at AS16 that a greater proportion of funds recovered from illegal money lenders will be allocated to incentivise vulnerable people to join, save and borrow with a credit union instead of turning to loan sharks.</p></li><li><p>The Coalition Government also increased the maximum interest rate that credit unions can charge on loans from 2% to 3%. This has helped credit unions become more stable.</p><p> </p><p>The Government will continue to look at ways it can help support the sector.</p></li></ul> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
star this property answering member printed Simon Kirby more like this
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less than 2017-01-11T10:37:39.197Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-11T10:37:39.197Z
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star this property label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Crausby more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-11-29more like thismore than 2016-11-29
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Credit Unions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.45 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if he will publish details on the working of the expansion of the scheme to encourage credit union membership in areas at risk from loan sharks. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston upon Hull North more like this
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Diana Johnson more like this
star this property uin 55479 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-07more like thismore than 2016-12-07
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to facilitating sustainable financial services that give consumers greater choice in accessing credit. To help achieve this aim, the Government has fundamentally reformed regulation of the consumer credit market, transferring regulatory responsibility from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 1 April 2014. The FCA has transposed key elements of the OFT’s Irresponsible Lending Guidance into binding rules. The FCA makes clear that a firm should lend responsibly, and takes reasonable steps to assess the customer’s ability to meet repayments in a sustainable manner without undue difficulties, and without having to borrow further. Ultimately, money should only be lent to a consumer if they can afford to repay it.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, the Government has already introduced several initiatives to support the credit union sector. These include investing £38m in the sector through the Department of Work and Pensions’ Credit Union Expansion Project, and providing £500,000 to help armed forces personnel access credit union services.</p><p> </p><p>The scheme referred to at paragraph 3.45 of the Autumn Statement 2016 is undertaken by the England Illegal Money Lending Team. The Team recovers funds from convicted loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and currently uses this to fund community education work and a credit union incentive scheme in areas which are vulnerable to loan sharks. The scheme provides cash incentives for new credit union accounts into which consumers make regular savings.</p><p> </p><p>In 2018, governance of the Team, and control of how it uses funds recovered under POCA, will transfer to HM Treasury. In April 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority will introduce a new levy collected from consumer credit firms which will fund the Team’s enforcement and education work. This will make it possible to free-up POCA funds currently used for education about loan sharks to expand the credit union scheme.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
star this property answering member printed Simon Kirby more like this
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less than 2016-12-07T11:17:53.177Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-07T11:17:53.177Z
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