Pay Day Loans: Barnsley Council bans access

A woman applies for a pay-day loan from her computer.
A woman applies for a pay-day loan from her computer.
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Access to high-cost pay day loan websites has been banned in libraries by a South Yorkshire council.

Barnsley Council said it had made the decision because of concerns over the increasing annual debt of some residents.

Coun Jenny Platts, the council’s financial inclusion champion, said: “We do not want to promote this sort of lending so are blocking library access to the websites.

“We hope instead people will use the range of support and services such as the Credit Union and Citizens’ Advice Bureau.”

The Star is backing Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield’s bid to ‘stop the rip off’ and regulate the pay-day loans market with tough new legislation.

His High Cost Credit Bill is to be debated in Parliament again in September.

Mr Blomfield said: “There is a growing concern with the irresponsible practices of pay day lenders, and it’s been good to see local organisations and councils beginning to take a the lead.

“Ultimately we need national regulation but local action can go a long way to protect people.”