Loans

There may come a time when you need to borrow money. Through money accumulated by members saving regularly, we are able to offer affordable loans to all our members.

We have stringent lending policies in place to protect our members’ money that we lend.

Remember, only borrow what you need and what you can afford to repay.

The types of loans we offer

There are different loan types that a person can apply for, but which one is the right one for you?

Saver Loan (12.7% APR)

A person can only apply for a Saver Loan, if they save with the Credit Union  for a minimum of eight weeks. The first loan would be up to the value of three times the amount they have in their savings.

A savings balance 1/3 of the loan balance would need to remain in savings at all times. The interest charged is only 1% per month on the decreasing loan balance and a £500 loan being repaid over 1 year would be £10.50 a week, and the total interest charged for the year would be just £30.28*

Subsequent Saver Loans after the first has been paid off entirely, would be up to the value of five times a person’s savings balance, and a savings balance of 1/5 of the loan balance would need to remain in savings at all times.

Proof of Income is required for all Saver Loan applications.

*Repayment Figures provided are correct so long as repayments are made on time. Late repayments will accumulate more interest and will affect your credit report. Please contact us immediately if you have difficulty repaying a loan.

Handy Loan (26.8% APR)

Quite often, a person may need a loan urgently or cannot afford to save with LASA for eight weeks, and so this is where the ‘Handy Loan’ comes in.

Applicants for Handy Loans do not have to save regularly (although it is  encouraged). Any savings they do have are not taken into consideration against the loan. As a result, the interest charged is slightly more than the Saver Loan, at 2% per month on the decreasing loan balance.

A £500 loan being repaid over 1 year would cost just £11.00 a week, and the total interest charged for the year would be £62.47*

Proof of Income is required for all Handy Loan applications.

*Repayment Figures provided are correct so long as repayments are made on time. Late repayments will accumulate more interest and will affect your credit report. Please contact us immediately if you have difficulty repaying a loan.

Payroll Loan (19.6% APR)

A person can only apply for a Payroll Loan if they work for an organisation that we have an existing agreement with to offer Payroll Deduction.

Applicants for Payroll Loans do not have to save regularly (although it is encouraged). Any savings they do have are not taken into consideration against the loan. Interest is charged at 1.5% per month on the decreasing loan balance.

A £500 loan being repaid over 1 year would cost just £46 a month, and the total interest charged for the year would be £49.91*. Loan repayments would be taken out of the applicants pay on a monthly basis.

*Repayment Figures provided are correct so long as repayments are made on time. Late repayments will accumulate more interest and will affect your credit report. Please contact us immediately if you have difficulty repaying a loan.

If you are an employer interested in partnering with the Credit union to be able to offer your employees this facility, please contact us.

Loyalty Loan (8.9% APR)

The Loyalty Loan rewards good savers with the chance to get a loan at a discounted rate.

A person can only apply for a Loyalty Loan, if they have enough money saved with the Credit Union to cover the full value of the loan at all times. For example, if someone had £500 in savings and wanted to borrow £200 they would have to keep £200 in their savings (or the decreasing value of the loan) at all times.

Applicants would need to complete a short loan application form.

A £1,000 loan being repaid over 1 year would cost just £87.30 a month, and the total interest charged for the year would be £47.18*

*Repayment Figures provided are correct so long as repayments are made on time. Late repayments will accumulate more interest and will affect your credit report. Please contact us immediately if you have difficulty repaying a loan.

Membership

As mentioned earlier, loans are only available to members of the Credit Union. If you are interested in applying for a loan but are not an existing member of the Credit Union, you will need to complete a Membership Application form, provide us with Proof of Identity and Proof of Address and pay a £2 non-refundable entrance fee and a minimum £1 payment to open your account.

By joining the Credit Union, you will automatically have a Savings Account.

For more information on how to join the credit union click here.

Applying for a Loan

You can download a Loan Application form from our Downloads page.

 

Loans and Savings Abertawe (LASA) Credit Union offers low-cost loans to its members. This information sheet covers everything you need to know about applying for a loan.

The Types of Loan we offer…

There are two different loan types that a person can apply for; a Saver Loan or a Handy Loan. But which one is the right one for you?

Saver Loans

A person can only apply for a Saver Loan, if they save with the Credit Union for a minimum of eight weeks. The first loan would be up to the value of three times the amount they have in their savings.

A savings balance 1/3 of the loan balance would need to remain in savings at all times. The interest charged is only 1% per month on the decreasing loan balance and a £500 loan being repaid over a year would be £10.50 a week, and the total interest charged for the year would be just £30.28*

Subsequent Saver Loans after the first has been paid off entirely, would be up to the value of five times a person’s savings balance, and a savings balance of 1/5 of the loan balance would need to remain in savings at all times.

Proof of Income is required for Saver Loan applications over £1,000.

Handy Loans

Quite often, a person may need a loan urgently or cannot afford to save with LASA for eight weeks, and so this is where the ‘Handy Loan’ comes in.

Applicants for Handy Loans do not have to save regularly (although it is encouraged). Any savings they do have are not taken into consideration against the loan. As a result, the interest charged is slightly more than the Saver Loan, at 2% per month on the decreasing loan balance.

A £500 loan being repaid over a year would cost just £11.00 a week, and the total interest charged for the year would be £62.47*

*Repayment Figures provided are correct so long as repayments are made on time. Late repayments will accumulate more interest.

The Credit Committee

All loan applications are processed by The Credit Committee. The Credit Committee meet once a week on Tuesday mornings. In order for the committee to look at your loan application, it is recommended that you put the application in, by the previous Friday at the latest (with all supporting documents).

The Credit Committee are a group of volunteers/board members that are elected at the Credit Union’s Annual General Meeting each year, and are fully trained to deal with applications.

Membership

As mentioned earlier, loans are only available to members of the Credit Union. If you are interested in applying for a loan but are not an existing member of the Credit Union, you will need to complete a Membership Application form, provide us with Proof of Identity and Proof of Address and pay a £2 non-refundable entrance fee and a minimum £1 payment to open your account.

By joining the Credit Union, you will automatically have a Savings Account.