Friday, November 15, 2013

Council blocks payday loan websites

From the Derbyshire Times we learn:

A decision to block payday loan websites from all of a council’s 7000 computers has been met with approval.

Anyone trying to access lending sites from any of Derbyshire County Councils computers will instead be re-directed to sources of safe, affordable loans such as Credit Unions, financial support services and welfare rights advice.

The move will affect all of the computers owned by the council across the county including those in libraries and those used by its employees.

Well they are council-owned computers so it's up to them what they allow and what they block even though they are blocking access to a legal activity. 

Even so, I've no problem with it per se. It's the mission creep I don't like. It never ends, slithering into every nook and cranny of daily life.

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Paddington said...

I read about a local case last week where a lady had to borrow $400 at 270% interest.

Sackerson said...

I'd like to see more done to promulgate credit unions.

A K Haart said...

Paddington - difficult not to sympathise, yet protecting people from themselves seems to lead us into ever more bureaucracy.

Sackers - I agree, the same question appeared on my blog.