Labour to call for payday loan website ban on council computers

Labour wants the council to ban access to payday loan websites on council computers

Labour wants the council to ban access to payday loan websites on council computers

First published in News by , local government reporter

THE Labour group on Brighton and Hove City Council will call for the authority to ban residents from accessing payday loan websites via council computers.

In a motion due to be presented to the full council tonight councillor Chaun Wilson will call on the council to block access to websites like Wonga and instead divert residents using council computers to credit unions and other advice sites.

The call comes as concerns are raised that more families could be falling into debt through payday lenders, which can charge interest rates as high as 5,800%.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s meeting, Coun Wilson said: “Given that over 40 local authorities, both Labour and Conservative controlled, have already introduced such a ban, I see no reason why we should not do the same and I hope these proposals will pass with cross party support.”

But the Conservative Group have indicated they will not be supporting the motion with councillor Geoffrey Theobald saying that while payday loans are not generally a good choice, the council should not be in the business of denying residents access to websites “This is state censorship and would put us on a slippery slope to further breaches of freedom of expression,” he added.

The Green Party was unable to say whether it would support the motion.

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10:46am Thu 27 Mar 14

Phani Tikkala says...

Wow, as if there aren't more important things to concern themselves with….
Wow, as if there aren't more important things to concern themselves with…. Phani Tikkala
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4:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

NickBtn says...

I don't agree with payday loan companies and their methods, but this is a legal business and councils should not censor the web for legal activities. Full stop. It needs to be that simple or councils and their various political views will start censoring all kinds of things. Internet access is now a basic human right and everything legal should be available on it through the council.
I don't agree with payday loan companies and their methods, but this is a legal business and councils should not censor the web for legal activities. Full stop. It needs to be that simple or councils and their various political views will start censoring all kinds of things. Internet access is now a basic human right and everything legal should be available on it through the council. NickBtn
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11:28pm Thu 27 Mar 14

The Real Phil says...

The following is the latest example of the newest entry into the payday loan market which demonstrates just how evil these companies are. anyone defending them in any way should hang their head in shame (or themselves!).
Representative example: £350† borrowed for 12 months. Interest 345% p.a. variable. Representative 1971% APR. Total amount repayable £1267.80 in 12 payments of £105.65 per month. Total cost for credit £917.80 comprising interest of £917.80.

(This equals repayments of £3,803.4 for a loan of £1.050 over 12 months - worth thinking about for people not able to access a bank loan).
The following is the latest example of the newest entry into the payday loan market which demonstrates just how evil these companies are. anyone defending them in any way should hang their head in shame (or themselves!). Representative example: £350† borrowed for 12 months. Interest 345% p.a. variable. Representative 1971% APR. Total amount repayable £1267.80 in 12 payments of £105.65 per month. Total cost for credit £917.80 comprising interest of £917.80. (This equals repayments of £3,803.4 for a loan of £1.050 over 12 months - worth thinking about for people not able to access a bank loan). The Real Phil
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