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Scotland largest health board and the west of Scotland’s largest employer with more than 38,000 staff, has launched a crackdown on payday loan companies by banning access to them from our computer systems.
The bold move is part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) determined drive in partnership with the Glasgow-based NHS Credit Union to promote responsible lending and saving to both its staff and patients.
Dedicated advice and support is now available to all our staff so that should they experience financial difficulty they have somewhere to turn to.
The support offered to staff very much includes encouraging them and their families to become members of the NHS Credit Union which is one of the most trusted and secure ways to save and receive loans with no hidden penalties - unlike many doorstep or payday loans companies.
Robert Kelly, General Manager of the NHS Credit Union, said: “It is excellent to see such a large public sector organisation taking a lead in this field and I am very hopeful that the private sector will now follow suit.
“As one of Scotland's fastest-growing financial institutions we don’t just offer our services to NHS staff but also to their families as well. Through our long standing partnership with NHSGGC we are very keen to attract young members and are determined to create a whole new culture of learning how to handle finances responsibly and ethically.”
Dr Noreen Shield’s, NHSGGC Corporate Inequalities Officer, said: “We know that financial worries, debt and poverty are key determinants to ill health, both physically and mentally. These issues are affecting almost every aspect of people’s lives, having a damaging impact on their work and home lives, family relationships and health.
“We are acutely aware that many thousands of our patients experience this kind of distress and in addition to the dedicated financial support we have in place for staff we also have also developed a range of measures to support patients who have money worries.”
There are a number of ways in which patients in financial difficulty are supported through NHSGGC . Once example is our Healthier Wealthier Children Programme to tackle child poverty.
The project involves NHS staff asking expectant mums and families with young children if they have money worries and referring them into to dedicated money advice services. In the past two years alone this project has seen families in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area gain more than £4million in savings from written-off debt, one-off payments from social fund awards or backdated benefits and other child-related benefits.
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