Go local to help pay the bills

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PORTSMOUTH’S own credit union is urging people to get on top of their spending as the Christmas bills hit the doormat.

The Hampshire Credit Union was set up in the city in 2001, with the aim of helping the people save, borrow and manage their finances.

Geoff Brown, general manager, said: ‘Credit unions are still relatively unheard of, but we want everyone to know that we are here and happy to help.

‘Everyone benefits because we keep the money local by paying local people and organisations a competitive return on savings and charging them less for loans.’

He added: ‘It’s a win-win situation whether you save with or borrow from your local credit union – either way you are helping create local wealth.’

Hampshire Credit Union now has outlets throughout the county and the Isle of Wight.