CUW Awards: Payroll Partner (Public)

The Payroll Partner (Public) category in the Credit Unions of Wales Awards 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:


Wrexham County Borough Council

The partnership between Wrexham County Borough Council and Cambrian Credit Union has gone from strength to strength in recent times.

Cambrian now has strong links with various departments of the Council, from HR and Payroll, to Housing and Environment, as well as local County and Community Councillors, who have each helped to develop the partnership and increase awareness and membership.

Cambrian volunteers are continually supported in distributing credit union literature – to both WCBC employees and tenants.

They attend regular events such as payroll roadshows, employee health and wellbeing events, tenant information sessions, annual carnivals and monthly street festivals.


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

ABUHB operates a payroll deduction scheme with their staff by working in partnership with Smart Money Cymru and four other credit unions.

To promote the many financial services available, they have a highly visible central location offered at key reception points for the passing footfall of staff and members of the general public.

The credit unions also enjoy a weekly attendance at local hospitals and staff wellbeing events offered by peripatetic staff and have advertisements on staff intranet.

Further promotions take place through payslip campaigns, notice board advertising and at networking events with other organisations.


Cardiff City Council

Cardiff & Vale Credit Union began to serve employees of the local authority that preceded Cardiff City Council and has continued to develop a strong and lasting partnership with staff.

In 2016, the partnership was highlighted in the Co-op Party’s publication Credit Unions & Local Government Working in Partnership, produced to encourage other Councils to adopt a similar approach.

Cardiff Council’s support includes payslip messages encouraging credit union membership, features and links on the Council’s intranet and the app for staff.

They also host weekly credit union promotions in Council offices and include adverts in the Council’s quarterly newspaper.

High staff take-up has resulted in credit union membership forming a strong part of the Council’s culture and reflects its wider commitment to tackling poverty and high interest lending.


Torfaen County Borough Council

The Council has supported payroll messages, allowed Gateway Credit Union to run events and distributed literature in the workplace explaining the range of financial services available to staff.

Gateway are currently working with the Council to ensure that credit union information reaches every school, office, every peripatetic worker, the streetscene operatives, school meals staff and social care teams as well as councillors and senior officers who have always been strong supporters.

Torfaen Council promotes the credit union on social media and places 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.   


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