Anti Loan Shark Event

St Helens Council Trading Standards Section are working with Wargrave Big Local, St Helens Citizens Advice and the Illegal Money Lending Team England (National Trading Standards) to deliver a project which is intended to assist residents in the Wargrave avoid falling prey to illegal money lenders, known as Loan Sharks. The project has been funded by Wargrave Big Local, with Trading Standards and Citizens Advice providing staff time to deliver the project.

They will be providing residents with a tool kit "Save Smart with Smiley", which they are hoping will help people to stay out of debt through budgeting, saving and making better choices when they do need to borrow. They are also encouraging residents to report loan shark activity.

Because of the funding element, the initial work will be in the Wargrave area, but they are hoping to roll the project out into all areas of St Helens, where there are reports suggesting that illegal money lending is an issue for residents.

Trading Standards will be present at Newton Community Centre, along with Citizens Advice, throughout the week of 16th - 20th October, speaking with residents and handing out free toolkits. There is also a money box to encourage saving. Residents who speak with them will be offered an opportunity to make an appointment with Citizens Advice for further advice and information around benefits, budgeting and debt.

They are also offering information sessions for councillors and those who work in the community, which will:

  • Describe the impact of illegal money lending activity on communities
  • Provide information about the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team
  • Explain how Loan Shark Activity can be reported
  • Help those working in the community recognise the signs of illegal money lending
  • Provide information about what help is available for those who are struggling financially.

Following the information session there will be an opportunity to speak with representatives of the Illegal Money Lending Team England, Trading Standards and Citizens advice.

These sessions will be held on Thursday 19th October, at 11.00 am and 12.00 noon - at Newton Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton le Willows, WA12 8EX.

If you would like to attend the session on Thursday, could you confirm attendance to Collette Rai on the email below:

If you would like further information, please contact Collette Rai on 01744 676488 or

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Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



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