Santas Little Helper

Borrow £500 For Christmas over 12 months repayable through your Child Benefit

• No Credit Check
• Quick application process
• Build savings while repaying your loan

Do you know how much you really spend at Christmas?

Some years it feels like you've spent thousands and it’ll take until about June to get back on an even keel.

Well the Bank of England has actually done some research and found that the typical household spends £500 more in December than the average month.

It’s no surprise when you consider all of the extras there are to pay for around Christmas, the gifts, luxury food, decorations and little treats for the whole family.

Then there’s all of the socialising opportunities, your work’s Christmas Do, friends getting together over the festive season, the extended family coming round for the annual catch up etc.

Unfortunately income doesn’t increase in December (although perhaps that would be a great General Election-winning pledge !).

And if you’ve not managed to save throughout the year, you might consider getting a small Christmas loan.

That’s why we’ve launched Santa's Little Helper, a small Christmas loan of £500 to help families get through the month.

Santa's Little Helper will cover the average family’s December costs, and can be paid back over the next 12 months through the child benefit payment.

As your local credit union, we’re able to offer this small Christmas loan without any need for a credit check, and it can be applied for online.

We’d never encourage people to spend more than they can afford, but we also know that Christmas is the one time when people really will stretch themselves for their families, which is why our small Christmas loans are there to help.

For help with keeping control of your finances over the festive period contact CLEVR Money on 01253 478 827

How much you may be able to borrow

I’d like to borrow over a period of months
Monthly repayment£100.84*
Total repayment£2,016.80

*Representative example.

Borrowing £1,500.00 over 20 months will cost £100.84/month. Total amount repayable is £2,016.80 which includes interest at 42.6% APR.

The figures given above are for illustrative purposes only. The actual interest rates and repayment amounts may vary subject to loan amount and status.

In order to apply for a Santa's Little Helper Loan you must:

  • Live or work within our Common Bond area
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Receive Child Benefit and agree to have it paid into your CLEVR Money account for the duration of the loan

You must not:

  • Be bankrupt, in a DRO or IVA
  • Be repaying another loan through your Child Benefit
  1. The Lender will lend and the Borrower acknowledges that they have received, the sum borrowed under this agreement. The Borrower will repay the Loan (i.e. the Total amount Owing) by the repayments set out in the loan details above.
  2. Interest will be charged daily on the unpaid balance of the Loan and any unpaid interest at the rate set out in the Loan details above.
  3. The Borrower has the right to settle the Agreement early at any time by paying in full the balance of the Loan and any unpaid interest outstanding. The Lender will, on request, provide the Borrower with a written statement of the sums which have been paid and which remain outstanding under the agreement.
  4. The Borrower acknowledges that the details given on the Loan Application for this agreement are complete and correct and will inform the Lender immediately of any change in financial circumstances that may reduce their ability to repay the Loan, or of any change in their address.
  5. If the Borrower fails to pay any amount due to the Lender under this agreement, or breaches any of its terms, the Lender has the right to demand early repayment of all or part of the balance of the Loan outstanding, together with any unpaid interest and any additional costs of collection including court fees and administration fees. The Lender will give the Borrower written notice not less than seven days before taking any action to recover any such sum.
  6. The Borrower acknowledges that, if any loan payments are not paid, or are not paid at the agreed date, this may result in the Total Amount Payable under the Agreement being greater than the sum set out in the Loan details.
  7. The Borrower will be liable for any costs the Lender incurs in recovering sums due under the Agreement
  8. If a ‘Borrower and ‘Joint Borrower’ (or ‘Guarantor’) are named on the agreement, the liability of each shall be Joint and several.
  9. The Borrower agrees to assign to the Lender all paid shares, and payments on account of shares, which the Borrower has or may have in future in the credit union, as security for payment of the Loan and for interest or expenses which may become due and the Borrower authorises the credit union to set off or apply any or all such shares towards payment of the Loan, interest or expenses owed by the Borrower.
  10. While the borrower is in the employment of a Credit Union Payroll partner employer, The Borrower authorises BFWCU to contact their employer to take payments by payroll deductions (if applicable) in accordance with this agreement and that while an outstanding balance exists such deductions may not be reduced during the term of the loan without the agreement of the Credit Union.
  11. Shares to the value of one month’s loan payment are attached during the course of the loan agreement. Withdrawals may not be made of any amount that would reduce the share balance below the level of one month’s loan repayment plus £5 minimum account balance.
  12. The Borrower will authorise the Child Benefit Government Office to pay their Child Benefit directly into the borrowers Credit Union account for the duration of the loan.

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