Family Loan

At Moneywise, we aim to try and help as many people as possible get access to fair and affordable finance and prevent people using high-cost lenders. 

Can I apply for a family loan?

If you receive child benefit, you can qualify for a Family Loan from our Credit Union. We will use your child benefit payments to repay the loan.

How it works:

  • Borrow up to £750 with no credit check required. Just show proof that you receive child benefit.
  • We will arrange for your child benefit to be paid directly to us from the DWP.
  • You can use all or part of your child benefit to repay the loan. It’s up to you.
  • Any leftover child benefit can be saved with us, withdrawn weekly/monthly, or split between savings and withdrawal.
  • Access your savings anytime. Transfer money from your savings account to your bank account through our online banking.

Get the extra cash you need now without hurting your credit. Apply for a Family Loan today.

Family loans comparison

Want to see how our family loan compares to the rest? We keep credit costs low, so it’s easier for our members to borrow responsibly, and build a future sustainably. We don’t believe in sky-high APR%s – compare our cost of credit with other loan providers below:

Cheapest Loan
Moneywise Credit Union Morses Club Naylor's Finance NEFirst Credit Union
Loan Amount £500.00 £500.00 £500.00 £500.00
Term (Months) 12 12 12 12
Monthly Payment £50.00 £74.83 £75.83 £51.89
Total Amount Payable £604.00 £975.00 £910.00 £622.73
Cost of Credit £104.00 £475.00 £410.00 £122.73

Here’s an example of what your Moneywise Family Loan may look like:

You borrow: £300 loan

You pay back: £6.90/week over 52 weeks

Total repayable: £357.24

Cost of credit: £57.24

Fixed interest rate of 36% – APR 42.58%.

Why choose Moneywise for your family loan?

  • We allow loans of up to £750 without a credit check
  • Repayments taken straight from child benefits
  • You’ll get access to a dedicated loan account
  • No hidden fees
  • You can gain access to our payroll partners scheme option

Credit unions like Moneywise differ significantly from banks and other lenders. We’re a non-profit, so we keep our interest rates as low as possible. We pride ourselves on offering our members competitive rates and a safe way to build your credit history.

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s some quotes from our members:

Moneywise had been a saviour for me on more than one occasion. The staff are friendly and the service is awesome.

Donna, Middlesbrough

I have recommended Moneywise to all my friends and family. It has helped me massively in times of need. The ladies at the office are very friendly and efficient.

Gemma, Redcar

Moneywise has helped me pay for school trips and uniforms. I would not be without my credit union account.

Sharon, Blakelaw

How to apply for a family loan:

  1. Click the button below to apply
  2. Fill in your details as accurately as possible
  3. Submit the form
  4. One of the Moneywise team will be in touch as soon as possible to confirm whether you have been successful

At Moneywise, your previous loan history with us will determine the amount that you’ll be able to borrow. Members who have previously taken out a loan with us and repaid it in line with our agreed repayment dates and amounts will be able to borrow larger figures.

Our criteria for a family loan are simple. To qualify, you must:

  • Be aged over 18
  • Be in receipt of Child Benefit and agree to have it paid in to Moneywise Credit Union and sign the relevant form before we send the funds
  • Agree to Moneywise Credit Union rules

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What factors do you consider when you assess applications?

Here at Moneywise, our team considers multiple factors before approving loan applications.

A. Is it affordable?

The first thing we consider is – is it affordable? We want to make sure that if we’re taking repayments for a loan, you’ll be able to keep up with this loan and your other commitments.

B. Is it realistic?

Next, we’ll consider if the loan repayment schemes are realistic. We do this by checking if you’re up to date with your rent or mortgage. We also look whether or not you’re making repayments for utilities and council tax. If these payments are up to date, we’ll see if you have enough disposable income to cover these – plus our loan repayment on top.

If your bank statements show low balances, for example, we will assess the situation further. This helps us understand if all your spending is necessary. If you’re spending lots of money on takeaways for example, we may suggest a change in spending habits to ensure you’re able to make repayments.

C. Is your credit check acceptable?

If we’re happy that the loan is affordable and realistic, we may also need to run a credit check on some of our loan products. We’ll check the credit report to see if there are any active CCJs. If so, are they recent and are you repaying them?

We’ll continue to look over your current and previous credit accounts. This will make sure that each statement is up to date and you’re making regular repayments.

Interest rates vary! Most loans are set at a 3% interest rate (42.60% APR). This is for new and existing members, and family loans will always be set at this rate. We offer payroll members loans with a 2% interest rate. We might also offer lower interest rates due to length of membership, the amount of savings you hold with us and if we’ve offered a secured loan.

If you’re worried about repaying your loan on time, contact our team as soon as possible.

It depends on your situation. If this is a short-term issue where one or two payments are going to be missed, we may be able to cover these from savings already held with us. If not, an agreement can be made with our credit control department to either temporarily reduce payments, or for the payments to be made at a later date.

In cases where this is a long-term issue, you’d be able to discuss your best options with our credit control department. The team will help you come to an agreement about how to pay going forward.

If your application is successful, our team will help you set up the details and repayments of your account. You’ll also be provided with information on how to access your savings, keep track of your loan balance and, if you request it, offers and advice on topping up.

If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll provide you with information on setting up a savings account. Our team will also offer guidance on any other financial assistance we are aware of that may be available at the time. Finally, we also provide details of other support services, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, that may be able to help you.

There are multiple reasons why your application may have been declined:

  • if you currently have an active individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), debt relief order (DRO) or are bankrupt
  • if it is not affordable for you to make the repayments (see above)
  • if you have recently missed repayments on an existing loan with us
  • if there is a decline in your credit report

To find out more, contact a member of our team and we’ll explain your circumstances.

Yes. Whether you’re in full-time employment or in receipt of benefits, anyone is eligible to apply for a Moneywise loan if you meet our requirements, including living or working in the North East.

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