The fair alternative to online and ‘payday’ lenders.
Who can apply?
Current members can apply for a loan at any time. Assuming you live within our common bond and are eligible to join, it is also possible to become a member at the same time as you apply for a loan.
Certain products and promotions are only open to those who have been a member for a certain period of time, have a certain amount saved with us, or who are signed up for payroll deduction.
The application process
Our online application form is straightforward, and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Before you begin, it's worth having your national insurance number handy, as well as a photo or scan of your payslip and bank statements. You may be asked to provide these as part of the process.
Once your application has been received, it will be looked at by a member of our loans team, who will use the information you've provided to decide whether or not we can approve your application. This can take 7-10 days. We'll update you by SMS and let you know the outcome when this step is complete.
If your application is approved, you'll be asked to sign a loan agreement setting out the terms of your loan, including details such as the amount to be borrowed and the repayment period.
Once the loan agreement is signed, we'll transfer the funds into your account within 2-3 working days. Loan repayments will then take place on the date and via the method agreed.
Will I be accepted?
We will make a decision based on how much you have applied for, and our assessment of your ability to repay. We'll do this by at your income, expenditure and credit history. When you apply, we may ask you to provide bank statements and payslips as evidence of this.
All loan decisions are made by a person, not a computer, and so we will always try to take the whole picture into account. In cases where we can’t approve the full amount, we may be able to offer you a lesser amount, or an alternative rate.
How to apply
You can apply at any time using our online application process. Simply use the calculator on this page to decide how much you'd like to borrow and over what period of time. Then, click 'apply for this loan' to begin the process.
You can also apply in person in any of our branches - just be sure to bring valid ID and proof of address, payslips and bank statements with you.
This summary is for illustrative purposes only, so as to give you, the borrower, an overview of the potential cost of borrowing. All loan decisions and actual rates are dependent upon personal circumstances and credit reference information provided to us by Credit Reference Agencies.
Ask for a personalised illustration. Loan products may be withdrawn at any time and are subject to availability at the time of application. London Mutual Credit Union cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
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Our loans are subject to our lending criteria and are assessed on your ability to repay the loan as well as the terms and conditions of membership of London Mutual Credit Union. All fees, pricing information and qualification information displayed on this page are for illustrative purposes only.
Applying for a loan may affect your future ability to take out credit.
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Got a question?
If you’d like to know more about what’s available, the application process, or any other aspect of our loans, our team are here to help. Just drop us an email.
The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ can also be the most expensive.
Presents, parties, tasty food; the costs soon add up. And if finances are tight, it can be a pretty stressful time too.
If you’re looking to borrow a bit extra, then get ahead of the game and borrow £500 or more at 13.68% APR (Representative). We’re usually much cheaper than expensive credit cards and overdrafts, saving you hundreds of pounds in interest, with the reassurance of repayments deducted from your NHS or local authority salary.
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Our CUOK payday loans have been awarded 5/5 stars by the Fair Banking Foundation. The Fair Banking Mark is your independent guarantee that our loans are built on fairness and transparency, and have been designed with your financial well-being in mind.
The London Mutual difference
No hidden fees
Borrow with confidence. No ‘arrangement fees’, hidden costs or penalties for early repayment, just the agreed monthly payments including interest, making it easy to plan your finances.
As a not-for-profit credit union, our interest rates are designed to reflect the true cost of providing your loan, and to be fair as well as competitive.
Fair applications process
Your application will be considered by a real person, not a computer. We’ll consider your individual circumstances, such as your ability to repay and any existing financial commitments.
Responsible (and award-winning) lending
Our products have been accredited by the Fair Banking Foundation, which recognises that they are designed to boost your financial well-being—not just our bottom line.
Good to know
What are Christmas loans used for?
We know that for many of our members, Christmas can be an expensive time of year. When money is tight, it can feel like there is no other option but to turn to expensive credit cards, overdrafts or even online lenders.
We think our members should be able to enjoy the festive season without worrying about money worries or falling into problems with debt.
That’s why, this time of year, we work to make sure that if members need to borrow a bit extra, they know they can do it with us. As a credit union, our rates are fair, and usually lower than other types of lenders.
How much can I apply for?
The amount we can offer you will depend on your individual situation. We consider things such as as your income, employment and your spending habits to decide whether the repayments are affordable to you. Sometimes, if we can’t offer you the full amount, we will be able to suggest a lower amount instead.
The main thing to remember is that you are more likely to be accepted if you apply for what you need. You should choose a loan with repayments at a level that you can afford to repay.
What is the cut-off date for Christmas loans?
We know how important this time of year is. To make sure we have time to look at your application and to get the money to you in time for Christmas, please make sure you have applied before midnight on the 12th December.
You can apply online or in branch.
How do I apply?
To apply, you have the option of applying online or in person at one of our branches. The first step is our loan calculator on this page.
Applying for a Christmas loan is just like our other loans – simply choose the type of loan that best fits your situation, and you’ll be able to choose the amount you need, and the amount of time you want to pay it back over. Then, click ‘apply’, and choose whether you’re a new or existing member. From that point, it’s the application form, which will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
If you’re having problems with the application form, or need any more information about the application process, get in touch.