Credit Saver is our new revolving credit account which gives you fast access to credit whenever you need it.
Get a pre-approved credit balance of up to £2,000 – so there’s no need to re-apply each time you want to borrow. APR is charged at 34.8% when the credit facility is used.
Enjoy same working day access to withdraw cash up to your credit limit.
Just make a minimum payment each month. It grows your savings when you’re not using the credit facility – and repays your loan when you are.
Applications are via our secure app, Nivo – find out more about Nivo
How does it work?
It’s a bit like a credit card or overdraft facility, without the plastic card.
You apply for a pre-approved credit limit of £500, £1,000 or £2,000 which will be available for you to use whenever you need it.
Each month, you’ll pay in a fixed minimum amount to your account. If you’re in credit, this goes to build your savings, or if you’ve used the credit facility, this goes towards paying it off.
The fixed minimum amount* is based on the repayment needed to clear a loan of the same value as your credit limit over a reasonable period (see table for details).
*You will also need to save £10 per month in your regular shares account.
As a responsible lender, our Credit Saver account is different to a bank credit card where making only the very minimum payments can leave you paying interest for years and years without reducing the debt. Our repayment plan ensures you keep on top of any borrowing and helps you build up savings when you’re not using the credit facility.
Is it right for me?
The product has been created for members who would like a flexible borrowing and saving facility for occasional borrowing requirements.
It offers the convenience of knowing credit is available to dip into if needed without the need re-apply each time, and the consistency of a fixed payment amount each month, which is added to savings when the credit facility is not being used.
However, Credit Saver is not suitable for members who wish to access the full credit limit indefinitely. If you are not intending to make regular savings at the level of the minimum repayment amount, then you should consider if a standard personal loan product may be more suitable for your needs.
Note: Credit Saver accounts will be reviewed at least once per year to assess whether the product continues to work well for you. If you pay in and draw down at or around your full credit limit consistently then we would work with you to repay the balance sustainably, including possibly converting your loan to a standard personal loan without a credit limit. This is a limited pilot product and therefore we will only be offering it to a small number of members initially. During the pilot the product will only be available to apply for and manage via the Nivo app
Terms and Conditions and Key Features
Credit Saver applications are subject to our usual lending policy and affordability checks. If you have been unsuccessful with a loan application with us in the last 3 months or have CCJs or defaults elsewhere you are unlikely to be successful. See further details below.
Good to know: funds held in all your credit union accounts combined are protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme up to £85,000. Visit fscs.org.uk for full details.
All loan applications are subject to our Loan Approval Policy. Members who have been declined for a loan with us in the last 3 months are not eligible to apply. We will check your credit history and assess the affordability of loan repayments by reviewing your bank account(s). We may also request additional supporting information depending upon your circumstances, such as payslips, ID documents or immigration paperwork. All lending decisions are ultimately at the discretion of our team. We always do our best to say “yes” but unfortunately that is not always possible. We will be happy to provide information about how we made any decision upon request.