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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Education
Department for Education: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 24 January 2017

The department does not currently offer the facility for employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions. We will be considering whether to introduce this as part of our offer to staff.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Women and Equalities
Government Equalities Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government Equalities Office permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 24 January 2017

The department does not currently offer the facility for employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions. We will be considering whether to introduce this as part of our offer to staff.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 17 January 2017

DCMS staff can make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Attorney General
Attorney General: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, whether the Law Officers' Departments permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 13 January 2017

I can confirm my department does have a facility that allows staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department of Health
Department of Health: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 13 January 2017

We can confirm the Department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 13 January 2017

I can confirm my department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 13 January 2017

I can confirm my department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr David Jones
Answered on: 13 January 2017

I can confirm that the Department for Exiting the European Union currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Communities and Local Government: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 12 January 2017

I can confirm my department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 12 January 2017

I can confirm my department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 12 January 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Home Office
Home Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 12 January 2017

The Home Office does not currently allow its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions. The Home Office will be looking at the possibility of introducing this option for staff.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Wales Office
Wales Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 12 January 2017

The Wales Office is not an employer in its own right. Staff are generally employed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). MoJ currently does not have a policy to provide access to credit union services through payroll deductions.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 11 January 2017

In October 2015, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) launched a facility to make Credit Union services available to UK Regular Armed Forces personnel via payroll deductions. Three chosen Credit Unions are now working together collectively under the banner 'Joining Forces' to provide Service personnel with access to dependable savings facilities and safe, affordable loans. Further details are available from their website:

http://joiningforcescu.co.uk/

The MOD does not have an arrangement with a Credit Union for its civilian employees.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 11 January 2017

The Scotland Office does not employ staff directly. Matters relating to the terms and conditions of service of staff, including information in relation to payroll deductions of staff are matters for the employing bodies.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 11 January 2017

On 6th July 2016 DWP launched a payroll savings scheme to allow staff to access financial services delivered by three partner credit unions - Commsave, Hull and East Yorkshire, and Voyager Alliance - directly through payroll. This initiative formed part of DWP’s “Working Well Together” wellbeing programme. Early indications are that the scheme has been very well received and so far over 2,100 DWP staff have signed up as credit union members through payroll.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Ben Gummer
Answered on: 09 January 2017

I can confirm my department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still however, make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 December 2016
HM Treasury
Treasury: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Simon Kirby
Answered on: 09 January 2017

HM Treasury employees are freely able to join a credit union, and work is currently being done to assess the feasibility of supporting this via payroll deductions

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 09 January 2017

I can confirm my department currently does not have the facility to allow staff to join a credit union through payroll deductions. Staff can still make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Credit Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department permits its employees to join a credit union through payroll deductions; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kris Hopkins
Answered on: 09 January 2017

The Northern Ireland Office currently does not have a policy to provide access to credit union services through payroll deductions. Staff can however make arrangements to contribute to a credit union via direct debit.

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