A week of action dealing with money skills, debt and loan shark awareness is being organised by Ipswich Borough Council and its partners.
This is the culmination to a summer-long drive, supported by the Council’s South West Area Committee and the National Illegal Money Lending team. Councillors and Sid the Shark attended open air events and fun days across the town to promote local debt advice through the Ipswich Housing Action Group, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the loan shark reporting line 0300 555 2222.
Next Monday, 22nd September, will see the promotion of school packs and lessons about keeping our money safe and safer lending and borrowing. Classes will also have the opportunity to take part in a poster design competition. The winner of each age group will have their design enlarged to cover the side of a waste collection vehicle, published and displayed as posters around town.
Other events include:
Tuesday 23rd: Councillors, staff and Eastern Savings and Loan representatives will hold a stall on the Cornhill all day to answer people’s questions and promote available help for money troubles.
Wednesday 24th: The Mayor, Councillor Bill Quinton, will present local organisations with their prize funding in the ‘Your Choice’ competition. The competition was funded from the proceeds of money seized from illegal loan sharks, with additional support from Suffolk County Council.
Thursday 25th: Councillors from the South West Area Committee will continue the promotion to local residents at shopping precincts in south-west Ipswich.