Churches’ Mutual – An International Credit Union

Churches’ Mutual – An International Credit Union Over the past three years of commuting from Birmingham to Gloucester, Morning Prayer courtesy of the Church of England’s Daily Prayer App has become a regular feature (along with – before you get the wrong...

Just Seventeen

Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season and a period of self-denial is hardly the most appropriate time to be thinking about buying a car. But by falling on the 1st March this year, Ash Wednesday coincided with the launch of the ‘17’ registration plate and...

The Little Red Book

I was stocking up on stationery a couple of weeks ago when I was side-tracked by a display of familiar little red books. No, not the Little Red Book (or, to give its full title, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong) which has somewhat surprisingly managed to get a name...

Bias to the Poor (Part 3)

Christians have been involved with credit unions since they first reached these shores. North Birmingham had strong links with Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and Anglican churches through hosting collection points and providing volunteers. But in many ways it fell into...

Bias to the Poor (part 2)

The Social Security Act 1986 introduced the Social Fund; whereas before, under the old ‘single payments’ system individuals in need had been able to apply for grants for furniture and a vast array of other items, these were now replaced by Budgeting...

Bias to the Poor (part 1)

It came as something of a surprise to me when I realised late last year that I had managed to clock up twenty-five years as a member of a credit union. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? My first credit union was the impressively named Birmingham City Council...