Supporting partner agencies

Stop Loan Sharks England Illegal Money Lending Team investigate and prosecute illegal lenders. We are actively trying to contact those who are at risk to let them know there is help available and to prevent people who have financial difficulties from borrowing cash from a loan shark.

We want to work with partner agencies who support those in financial difficulties and gather intelligence that will put loan sharks away. Our key partners include housing associations, the police, Citizens Advice, debt advice services, as well as credit unions and anyone who works with vulnerable people.

The England IMLT are always looking for partners to work together with to support those borrowing cash from loan sharks. We aim to work together with you to develop promotional illegal lending and money management messages in local communities.

Our team can deliver the following with partner agencies, completely free of charge:

  • Bespoke illegal lending training for staff
  • Presentations for service users/residents to raise awareness of illegal lending
  • Certificates and evidence of illegal lending training
  • One to one support for people who are illegally borrowing
  • Publicity materials
  • Housing best practice guide (jointly developed with the Chartered Institute of Housing)
  • Campaign partner sessions/joint campaigns
  • ‘Loan shark proofing’ policies and procedures
  • Financial education resources for schools

We can also develop bespoke projects and campaigns with you and will work with you to increase financial inclusion. For more information on how we can work with you, email us on catherine.wohlers@birmingham.gov.uk or call 07500 809339.

Encouraging clients to report illegal lending

Stop Loan Sharks needs information to successfully investigate and prosecute loan sharks. We understand that people who borrow cash from illegal lenders may be struggling with repayments, scared of threats and violence. It is why partner agencies, who are already in a position of trust, can gain the information we need to start investigating a loan shark.

How to report a loan shark on behalf of a client

If you have come across someone that you feel may be borrowing money from a loan shark you can report the lender to Stop Loan Sharks on their behalf.

You can complete our online reporting form to share information about the loan shark and their illegal lending with our team. Or call us on 0300 555 2222. We understand that you are a person that they trust and we can arrange to meet with you and the borrower to provide support and reassurance.

Community groups:
bid for loan sharks’ cash

We’re putting proceeds of crime money to good use with grants to worthy community groups.

Do you have an idea for a project which will help us raise awareness of loan sharks? If the answer is yes, you could receive £5,000 funding to help with project delivery!

Read our news story for more information or download an application form today.

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