Helping Wolverhampton Credit Union

Not only am I proud to be able to help my community, as a City Councillor with all their issues and problems

But I also do all that I can with my own resources to help make life that little easier for others, in a meaningful way. In the run up to Christmas, Mary and I have been heavily involved in supporting the Ashmore Park Food Bank. We also regularly support other charities and organisations.

Today I was pleased to receive this correspondence from the City of Wolverhampton Credit Union.
“Dear Philip, I wanted to wish you all the very best for Christmas and New Year, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Wolverhampton City Credit Union. We are extremely grateful for your continued support for our community bank during one of the most difficult years in all our lives and in the history of the credit union. In the run up to Christmas, your steadfast support has enabled the credit union to provide over 800 affordable loans worth a total of nearly £730,000.* Behind every single one of those loans is a fellow member who has been able to spread the cost of the festive period without having to resort to exploitative lenders or worse, loan sharks. That is the power of mutual support and cooperation. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be able to see the back of 2020 with all its difficulties, challenges and sadness.”

Now I am very proud of the fact that I am a member of the Credit Union, and I would urge others who feel like I do, to join the Credit Union if you can. Help provide financial support to others in our community. Help defeat loan sharks and crooks by using your finances in mutual support and co-operation.

I know it’s been a difficult year for Wolverhampton Credit Union, and its staff. I am proud of all these individuals that have kept it going in such a difficult period of our own lives. But the fact that 800 affordable loans worth more than three quarters of a million £’s is well awe inspiring!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more