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Published Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Residents have the chance to help Enfield Council win a National Stop Loan Sharks Award to recognise the work it has been doing to stop illegal money lenders in their tracks.

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The Council was presented with the London Regional Award by the England Illegal Money Lending Team on Tuesday 13 August in recognition of the work its Trading Standards officers have been doing to raise awareness of the issue and help the people affected by illegal money lenders find the help and support they need.

Because of their win the team have qualified for the national finals which will be decided by a public vote. Residents can log on at the survey monkey website, and select Enfield’s project (the second on the list).

Enfield Council has also worked to bring together organisations such as the police, Citizen's Advice Bureau, housing providers and the Department for Work and Pensions to make sure that residents can seek help from a wide range of partners. 

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Our Trading Standards officers have demonstrated enormous hard work and dedication in helping to prevent Illegal Loan Sharks from spreading their pervasive influence in our borough.

"Sadly the present financial situation means that more and more people are tempted to borrow from loan sharks to make ends meet, we're trying to demonstrate that borrowing money from a loan shark is never a good idea and can have unexpected and unpleasant long term consequences.

"Residents can now show their support for the work the Council and I’d urge people to visit the website and vote for us. If you need to report a loan shark or would like confidential advice from the Illegal Money Lending Team ring 0300 555 2222.”

Tony Quigley, Head of the England Illegal Money Lending Team said “I’d like to thank Enfield Trading Standards for their excellent continued work to ensure the local community turn away from loan sharks. We received some fantastic entries from organisations across London who are all making a real difference in communities to help stamp out this horrendous crime.”

To report a loan shark:

Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222
 Text ‘loan shark + your message’ to 60003 or email
Private message us on facebook

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