No interest loan scheme pilot launched

Industry News | 07/09/21

Fair4All Finance announced plans for a new UK-wide no interest loan scheme pilot.

The loans are intended to provide a financial cushion for people unable to access or afford existing forms of credit, but who can afford to repay small sums, by offering a way to spread essential or emergency costs.

The scheme will start with proof of concept loans in Autumn 2021, followed by a wider two year pilot in up to six areas of higher deprivation starting in Autumn 2022.

Fair4All Finance, Toynbee Hall and Fair By Design will design and deliver the pilot in collaboration with HM Treasury and the governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They will work with credit unions, Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) and other regulated lenders, who will be able to apply to administer the loans through a formal procurement process starting in November.

Source: Fair4All Finance