A Credit Union for the Rural Community

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The Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) is working with  stakeholders, including Alexander Sloan, to look at the feasibility of setting up a Credit Union for the farming and rural communities in Scotland.

While a number of Credit Unions cover rural communities there are none at present specifically for the rural and farming community as a whole in Scotland. In other countries, like Canada, farming Credit Unions are a major source of finance for the farming sector. With the number of rural bank branches diminishing there is an increasing need for a similar option in this country.

A survey is currently being run to gather the views and opinions of the rural community on a new Credit Union through the following website http://www.abdn.ac.uk/saos/stakeholders.