APPG Chair visits Police CU
26 Feb 16
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Credit Unions (APPG) Robin Walker MP has visited Police Credit Union.
Police Credit Union is one of the largest and most successful credit unions in Britain, and Robin Walker took the opportunity to visit the credit union’s Birmingham office on “Dress Down Friday”, when staff raise money for local charities by paying a donation to come to work in casual clothes.
Police Credit Union Chief Executive Peter Evans said: “I met Robin at an APPG meeting and invited him to visit PCU, as it is the largest credit union in ABCUL and could give him an insight into the diversity of the credit union sector. As his constituency is close to our Head office, this invitation was readily taken up by Robin and we were delighted to welcome him and show him around.”
Police Credit Union operates from 7 branches across England, and it has 25,000 members and assets worth £60 million. It serves serving and retired police officers, prison officers and probation officers, and is one of the credit unions now serving members of the Armed Forces and their families.
Robin Walker MP said: “It was great to see one of the country’s biggest credit unions which is benefitting from payroll savings, and how new technology will help to deliver new products.
“I am delighted to hear that the Police Credit Union supports 27 different police forces, including my own local West Mercia Police, as well as prison officers, probation staff and the Armed Forces and their families through the Serve and Protect Credit Union.
“It was interesting to meet the team and discuss how new products and payroll savings can help more of the UK’s credit unions grow and flourish as the Police Credit Union has done.”
Police Credit Union’s “Dress Down Friday” raises money for a number of local charities including Birmingham Children's Hospital, Help Harry Help Others (a children's brain cancer charity), Solihull Life Opportunities (a charity providing leisure opportunities for disabled children) and Birmingham Dogs Home.