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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S4W-18842
Asked by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 11 December 2013

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to assist the Church of Scotland and other faith bodies to develop and promote a better use of credit unions.

Current status: Answered by John Swinney on 12 December 2013


Answer

The Scottish Government recognises the valuable role played by credit unions in providing ethical and affordable financial services and products to a wide range of customers. We are committed to doing all that we can to support and promote credit unions, and to encourage more people in Scotland to become members.

As part of this commitment, we are working in partnership with the Church of Scotland and other faith bodies to help promote credit unions within their local communities. The Scottish Government has seconded a Senior Policy Advisor to the Church of Scotland to provide additional support for financially disadvantaged individuals and families in Scotland by assisting with the further development of credit unions.