Paying price of pay-day loans

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I am baffled by a report last week that a motion to ban pay -day loan company websites from appearing on Scottish Borders Council computers has again been turned down for discussion and support by the SNP/LibDem administration.

Councillor Gavin Logan is correct in his assertion that many other local authorities, including Glasgow, Dundee and Midlothian, have taken this relatively-simple, yet effective action.

At this time of year in particular, people across the Borders are under huge pressure to spend money they can’t afford – and, unfortunately, payday lenders are all too ready with loans that come with crippling interest rates.

The suggestion by council leader David Parker that this action would be “gesture politics” might be valid if his administration were taking some of the other actions adopted by other Scottish councils which have included support for credit unions and discouraging pay-day lender companies through refusing office leases etc.

It is now time SBC stopped talking and took action before yet more families in the Borders are caught in the growing problem of debt – as reported by the Citizens Advice Bureau last week.

Please sign the petition that I have set up and which will be available for signature in shops and other locations. If you are interested in supporting this campaign, please contact me via mail or email at paydaylenderpetition@gmail.com.

Robin Tatler

2a Springwood Terrace

Peebles