|Council to ban payday loan websites
Access to payday loan websites from Wigan Council servers and council owned advertising space will be banned next month.
The move follows last month’s cabinet meeting where councillors agreed unanimously to crackdown on irresponsible lending in the borough.
Instead, the council will promote other ways of accessing financial help, including raising awareness of the support offered by credit unions and offering money management advice and personal budgeting courses to help people manage their money more effectively.
Some councils in England, including Plymouth and Leeds, have already banned access to their websites from council computer terminals.
Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for corporate resources/customer at Wigan Council said:
“As a council, we have a responsibility and an opportunity to prevent people from accessing these websites and subsequently applying for loans which charge extortionate interest rates.
“Rather than get into more debt, we want to raise awareness of the alternative options available to residents, options which are manageable and affordable.”
For more information, including advice and support, please visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/moneyadvice