CUW Awards 2020: Payroll Partner (Public)

Credit Unions of Wales Awards 2020: Payroll Partner (Public).

The third Credit Unions of Wales Awards will take place on Friday 2 October 2020.

The awards celebrate the payroll partners, volunteers, members and schools whose exceptional work within the credit union movement has a positive impact on communities across Wales.

The Payroll Partner (Public) category recognises those employers who are committed to the payroll partnership scheme.

This allows the workforce to access a host of financial services including payroll saving and workplace loan schemes.

The award is presented the payroll partner that recognises the importance of the financial wellbeing of its workforce by encouraging them to become credit union members.

The nominations for this award are:

Torfaen County Borough Council
Nominated by Gateway Credit Union, Torfaen Council has supported payroll messages, run events and allowed credit union literature to be distributed in the workplace.

This information will soon reach every school, office, peripatetic worker, school meals staff and social care teams as well as councillors and senior officers.

The credit union has featured on the Council’s social media and are now putting out regular articles in the staff e-newsletters and the Nifty Thrifty Torfaen bulletin, aimed at helping all residents to make best use of their money.

Cardiff Council
Nominated by Cardiff & Vale Credit Union, their partnership with Cardiff Council remains an example of UK good practice, as highlighted in the Co-op Party’s publication “Credit Unions & Local Government Working in Partnership”. This was produced to encourage Councils to adopt a similar approach.

Support has included features in the Council’s intranet, payslip and staff app along with hosting weekly promotions in offices.

High staff take-up reflects credit union membership being a strong part of the Council’s culture.


Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Nominated by Smart Money Cymru Credit Union, Blaenau Gwent Council works with them on a number of levels, from grassroots community support and strategic development to supporting staff.

Council officers actively encourage staff to join the payroll scheme, to both save and borrow.

They have a huge number of departments within the borough, and so individual managers in different departments also promote to their teams. 

The Smart Money Cymru Development Officer regularly attends team gatherings to advertise the services to staff. 

The council also emails all employees and puts posters up on employee notice boards.  


Betsi Cadwaldr Health Authority
Nominated by Cambrian Credit Union, Betsi Cadwaladar is the largest health organisation in Wales.

Changing the financial circumstances of members within the health sector is an important issue for them and Cambrian Credit Union has supported this initiative.

Betsi Cadwaladar has in turn supported the credit union through promotion and sharing through internal communication and employee benefits.


Newport City Council
Nominated by Newport Credit Union, the local authority has always been a good Payroll Partner however recently the identification of a Workplace Champion has greatly enhanced the ability to engage and communicate with employees.

Staff benefit days have been arranged, a monthly newsletter on the intranet, Christmas savings promoted via email and information for Induction Packs being produced.

With the new Workplace Champion in place the credit union will be getting involved in the induction process of new employees who will be informed of the benefits of payroll deduction.

An approach to Economic Development for use to promote Payroll Partnership to new businesses is also in it’s early stages.

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