The National Illegal Money Lending Team (including mascot Sid the Shark) have been in Plymouth all this week promoting the Fishy Finance campaign that is run jointly by Plymouth City Council, National Marine Aquarium and the National Illegal Money Lending Team. Fishy Finance aims to raise awareness to local people of the dangers of loan sharks and tell people about alternatives such as Credit Union.
During the visit Sid the Shark found the time for a quick table tennis match in the Ping! Plymouth Parlour. Thousands of people in Plymouth are already enjoying the Ping! Plymouth table tennis festival, and the Ping! Plymouth Parlour regularly sees about 300 – 400 people passing through its doors. There are also another 30 ping pong tables spread across Plymouth.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives and Housing for Plymouth City Council, said: “It is important that we continue to make people aware of the dangers of loan sharks. We are absolutely delighted to welcome back the England Illegal Money Lending Team to Plymouth, who are working with us on our Fishy Finance awareness campaign, and we are aware of loan sharks operating in Plymouth. We want residents to know there are alternatives.
Credit Unions are a great way to both save and borrow money in an affordable way and without the high interest rates and crippling debts that make life unaffordable for many people.”
Tony Quigley Head of the Illegal Money Lending Team with the National Stop Loan Sharks project said: “Illegal money lending is a crime and will not be tolerated. Loan sharks often prey on vulnerable people, leaving them in misery and fear and with very little to get by on. If anyone is a victim of a loan shark, or knows of someone who is, we would urge you to speak to us in confidence, as we can help. Our hotline number is 0300 555 2222.”
For more information search #fishyfinance or visit www.fishyfinance.co.uk
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For more information on Ping! Plymouth visit www.PingPlymouth.co.uk