Council Proposal To Change Planning Laws – To Stop Pay Day Lenders

The BBC reports that Medway Council will ask the Government to change planning laws to stop payday lenders setting up shop in the area. Cllr Vince Maple said 23 shops in Gillingham and Chatham had helped drive up local debt with the average person contacting Medway’s citizen’s advice bureau owing £43,000. Cllr Maple commented: “At the moment payday lenders are the same as pretty much any other financial institution. We’re going to be writing to Eric Pickles and saying actually they should be different because they offer a different service”.

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