Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service provides fire and rescue services to the one-and-a-half million people living or working in Lancashire, on behalf of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority. Operating from thirty-nine fire stations across the county, a service headquarters at Fulwood in Preston and a large training centre, Washington Hall at Euxton, we employ over 1500 staff in a variety of roles to provide services every hour of the day, every day of the year.
National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO). We are a member organisation representing retired police officers of all ranks and police widows from police forces throughout England and Wales. We offer a range of services to members including advice on pensions and other issues affecting the welfare of our members. NARPO is a branch based organisation formed in 1919 and there are four Lancashire Branches: Burnley, Lancaster and Morecambe, Blackpool and Preston and District. For further details and to join please visit our national website.
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is a national body which represents Police Officers up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector. We are a representative body, similar to a Trade Union but without the right to resort to industrial action. Our statutory remit is ‘Welfare and Efficiency’. Each of the 43 Forces has a joint Branch Board [JBB] which is made up of 3 individual Rank Boards (Constable [CBB], Sergeant [SBB] and Inspector [IBB]). If you wish to know more about the Federation and why it’s so vital to have collective strength for workplace representation, please visit our website. We are still fighting hard for your rights today.
The Money Advice Service was set up by government. We’re independent and give free, unbiased advice to help you make the most of your money. Click on the link to see how you can make the most of your money by answering some simple questions about you and your money. The free confidential health check will show you what you can do in easy-to-follow steps. It only takes 5-10 minutes and you won’t need any paperwork.
UNISON members’ credit union network. Unison is working with Blues & Twos to offer Unison members (see our Membership page for eligibility) in Lancashire and Cumbria, an alternative safe place to bank, affordable loans to suit you & great savings and budgeting plans.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. Our international development programs assist credit unions and their associations with building efforts, providing access to the underserved, developing integrated business networks, supporting communities at risk and encouraging legislative reform and regulatory system development.
Blues and Twos Credit Union is “Here to help you Save, and there when you need to Borrow”. Owned entirely by its members and managed by a trained and professional team.
The Blues & Twos team are passionate about improving the financial well-being of all members and offer you regular saving encouragement and affordable credit union loans, repayments direct from your pay or pension, which means that you save as you borrow.
Regular savings direct from salary that you can withdraw at anytime, no account fees, no annual charge, annual dividend payment.
Affordable loans up to £25,000, with no early redemption fees or hidden costs, repayments directly from your wage.
Free life cover on your savings up too the age of 75, at no extra cost.
We have helped over 8,500 with managing their finances. You can be the next.
With a non-profitable credit union, we put the focus on ensuring that you are always provided with the best service, rather than maximising profits. This way, the credit union is run with the end goal of rewarding the members. Join Blues and Twos today!
Chat with us on NIVO
NIVO is encrypted and secure. Chat with us online Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm. Here to answer your saving and borrowing questions. Helping you provide any documents and information we may need for your applications and transactions secure and fast.
Backup Buddy is the mental health app for UK Police and Police staff, if you need any support or advise please get in touch with them by clicking here. The App covers a range of problems faced by officers and staff in the Police Service, such as anxiety, anger, depression, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, […]
We are proud to be mentioned in the Lancashire County Councils guidance on where to find help if you are worried about your finances: Worried about money? If you or a member of your family are worried about reduced income as a result of the Corona virus this information will be useful to you. 1. […]
Glad you have your Blues and Twos emergency fund to fall back on?
We are all in this together… Many of us have never experienced such times as these and we hope never to have to experience them again. We hope members are managing to stay safe. This includes looking after your physical and mental health. Your well-being can be affected in different ways. Financial worries are just […]
The current global Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, along with the suspension of flights to affected countries are already featuring as ruses being used by criminals to convince people to hand over information. Criminals use many tactics to try and defraud people and convince them to hand over sensitive personal or financial information. The mode of attack […]
These are difficult times for all organisations and in light of the government advice over the weekend around tackling the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and possible further restrictions to come we have been considering how we can maintain all members services and keep our staff team safe. We have already instigated our Business Continuity […]
It remains business as usual for the team at Blues and Twos, however as Corona virus spreads, we would like to update you on what we are doing to minimise any potential disruption and continue to provide you with the service you expect from us. We already have a business continuity plan in place for […]
10 Reasons a Credit Union Loan is Better than a PCP Agreement
Personal Contract Plans, or PCPs, have recently become a popular way to finance a new car. Many dealerships can offer you a very attractive-sounding deal on the spot – affordable deposit, low monthly payments, and trade in the new car after 2-3 years… what could possibly go wrong. Victoria Harrison, Blues and Twos Chief Executive […]
“For some people it just means a little more effort. Some believe they are, some believe they can never be – Controlling your finances isn’t easy but once you start you will be more positive” says Victoria Harrison, CEO, Blues and Twos Credit Union . Saving a little each month on payday, being confident towards […]
V Harrison, CEO, Blues and Twos Credit Union It is a while since I ‘blogged’ so please bear with me on this…. The Government remain keen to expand the provision of financial services and consider credit unions to be relatively new at achieving recognition for safe savings, and community engagement. We know credit unions […]
We just wanted to give a HUGE congratulations to Hayley, who won the £1,000 in Decembers Bumper Lottery Draw, put on by the Blues and Twos society. Hayley was soaking up the sun in South Africa when she got the call from us telling her the good news, which she said was a “Pleasant surprise.” […]
No matter how small, or large your goals are Blues and Twos are here to help. It is important to plan for your financial future. Here are some examples of financial goals that you can consider setting for yourself: Pay off Credit card debt – We offer debt consolidation loans to members who are looking […]
Wow what a year. Targets exceeded in lending and new member recruitment. In its second year, the Blues and Twos Speediloan met targets to offer lower lending at affordable rates with same day funds. Awarded the 5* Mark by the Fairbanking Foundation this product offers members flexibility, early repayment without penalty, and a loan up […]
Log in to Astute – https://lancashire.astute-elearning.com/Content/LXP/LXPLogin.aspx Astute is the LCC corporate elearning system and includes corporate elearning such as induction and health and safety. Please register for Astute using a unique work email address where possible.
Talk Money week kicked off Monday 18th November and is running all week, and aims to get the UK talking about financial wellbeing. Blues and Twos are getting involved in the drive to promote and improve financial wellbeing. We have created a small list to help you with your finances, and money lessons that we […]
Passing of Blues and Twos former Supervisory Committee Chair
It is with great sadness we inform you on the passing of John (Jack) Ward on Thursday October 24th, aged 81 years. Jack joined Preston Borough Police in 1963 and worked his way up to Head of Scenes of Crime and Federation Chair before retiring in the mid-1990’s as a Detective Inspector. Jack volunteered his […]
Congratulations to our member Gwen Knowles for winning our feedback prize draw, Gwen told us that “from applying for a loan to completion the service from Blues and Twos is excellent. There is regular updates and the staff are very helpful.” Thanks to all our members who applied for a loan and has filled out […]
Over the past couple weeks we have received feedback from our loan process. Some members were finding it confusing to sign their agreement electronically, therefore we have reviewed our system and made a couple tweaks to make it easier for the members. We’ve put all the loan information required into one, easy to read, email. […]
This September take time to talk, think and change… RELAX and let Blues and Twos help you with regular saving and ethical borrowing. Enjoy the range of benefits when you join today, like: Instant access to your savings FREE life cover on your savings (T&Cs apply) Flexible/Affordable low cost loans £10 when you recommend your […]
Congratulations to our member Mr Buckley on winning our Feedback Prize Draw. The Feedback given was: – Was the online loan application easy to understand: Yes Was the online loan calculator easy to use: Yes Was the information we provided on receipt of your application useful and informative: Yes Comments: I don’t think you could […]
Our lending team are working hard to approve members holiday loans as quickly as possible, funds are paid directly into your bank account THE SAME DAY. No Administrative fees, no Penalty for repaying early click here to calculate your repayments now.
The Fairbanking Mark was awarded by the Fairbanking Foundation following a rigorous assessment which includes independent research involving borrowing members of the credit union. To receive the Fairbanking Mark, this research had to confirm that members have changed their financial behaviour for the better by having the product. Following the 5 stars Award, on behalf […]