|Why Save With Us
Whether you’re saving for something in the future or just for a ‘rainy day’, regular saving is a good idea.
Savings as shares in a Credit Union are a better way to save. You are not just another customer but an active member of a highly successful financial
co-operative. Yes, you have a share in the ownership of the Credit Union. Along with having a say in the operation of the Credit Union you also earn dividends. And you have the added bonus of knowing that your savings are being used to make loans to other members. Members just like you.
- Termonmaguirk Credit Union is owned by its members, and services its members.
- Termonmaguirk Credit Union is a not for profit financial cooperative.
- Any surplus income generated is returned to the members as a dividend and/or may be reinvested to improve services.
- There are no transaction charges on savings (or loan) accounts.
- Savings are insured at no direct cost to each eligible member and are covered under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme operated by the Financial Services Authority
- Termonmaguirk Credit Union is a community based organisation.
Life Savings Insurance:
A life cover provided to all eligible members as an additional incentive to save regularly. The benefit payable is in proportion to the amount of savings a member had made during their membership, prior to age 70.
Loan Protection Insurance:
Insurance cover provided to eligible members which will clear any remaining loan balance in the event of the member's death.
Death Benefit Insurance:
In the event of a member's death, a sum of £1,500 is paid by Termonmaguirk Credit Union to provide the deceased's family with additional support for bereavement costs. Eligibility is based on becoming a member before age 70, and having a minimum share balance of £10.
Your money is 100% safe because Credit Unions in the UK are strictly regulated, and we are members of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Credit Union Regulation
The main Act of Parliament which governs how Credit Unions operate is the Credit Unions Act 1979. This sets out the objectives of a Credit Union: -
Since March 2012 Termonmaguirk Credit Union has been regulated by the Financial Services Authority (registration number 573928), as are banks and building societies. The performance of each Credit Union is monitored by the Financial Services Authority and staff and volunteers involved in the running of the Termonmaguirk Credit Union must be approved by the FSA.
- The promotion of thrift among the members of the society by the accumulation of their savings;
- The creation of sources of credit for the benefit of the members of the society at a fair and reasonable rate of interest;
- The use and control of the members' savings for their mutual benefit;
- The training and education of the members in the wise use of money and in the management of their financial affairs;
- The Act states that Credit Unions must have their accounts audited annually by a qualified auditor and that they must be insured against fraud or theft.
If you have any concerns about how your Credit Union is operated, you are invited to discuss them with staff or a Board or Supervisory member.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme
We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS can pay compensation to depositors if a Credit Union is unable to meet its financial obligations. Most depositors – including most individuals and small businesses – are covered by the scheme.
In respect of deposits, an eligible depositor is entitled to claim up to £85,000. For joint accounts each account holder is treated as having a claim in respect of their share so, for a joint account held by two eligible depositors, the maximum amount that could be claimed would be £85,000 each (making a total of £170,000). The £85,000 limit relates to the combined amount in all the eligible depositor's accounts with the Credit Union, including their share of any joint account, and not to each separate account.
For further information about the scheme (including the amounts covered and eligibility to claim) please ask at your local branch, refer to the FSCS website http://www.fscs.org.uk/ or call 0800 678 1100.