£20,000 fighting fund to kick loan sharks out of Jarrow

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A drive to keep people in Jarrow out of the hands of loan sharks and payday lenders has been launched – thanks to a £20,000 Lotto grant.

The cash will help raise awareness of the town’s existing advice drop-in centre at Jarrow’s Grange Road Baptist Church.

The church currently plays host to The Bridges – Your Community Bank, the trading name of South Tyneside Credit Union.

The grant, from Big Local, part of the Big Lottery Fund, will help increase sessions at the church and encourage better money management in central Jarrow.

The two-year programme will also help people looking to escape the cycle of sky-high interest rate loans.

One key element will be the creation of four savings clubs in schools, nurseries and children’s centres, to teach youngsters about saving.

Last year the bank issued 989 loans, payable back within a year, and typically…

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