COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
Monday 19th July 2021
Throughout the pandemic we have worked hard to provide you with a good service whilst keeping you and our staff safe.
In order for you to remain confident of a safe experience when visiting a branch or organising a mortgage interview, we’ve reviewed our practices and made some adjustments to how we’ll work and provide you with a continuing service whilst Covid 19 remains a health threat.
In considering which changes to make we’ve taken account of the latest information from the government and we’ve also considered how best to protect those who remain vulnerable to Covid-19.
We’d like to thank you for your ongoing understanding and support during what continues to be an unprecedented time for us all.
At our branches
To help protect our members and our staff, we ask that you follow the below guidance when visiting one of our branches:
- As a courtesy to others, we would prefer that you wear a mask, however it is your choice
- Please sanitise your hands on your way in
- If you have Covid symptoms, please don’t come in
- Please keep at least 1m apart from other customers and our staff
- For your safety and ours we’ll continue to limit the maximum number of customers and their helpers in branch at any one time
- If you’d rather not come in because you are shielding, please contact your local branch who can advise you as to how we can best help you
We’ll continue with the additional screens to protect you and our staff. We are happy to arrange mortgage interviews by phone.
Branches and agency
Our branch and agency office opening hours were extended from 25th April 2022 to:
Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Friday 09:30 to 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 to 16:00
Saturday 09:00 to 12:00
Head Office Services
We continue to work safely from Head Office with a large number of staff working from home. Mortgage services continue as normal.
The phone hours for Head Office are 09:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday.
Supporting our members and staff
Our priority continues to be ensuring we maintain the services you rely on and over time we’ll continue to expand them when we believe it is safe to do so. We’ll continue to provide our services in a way that is responsible to you, our members, our staff and wider Society.
To keep you as up to date as possible, not only with what we’re doing but also with all the information being made available by the government, we’ve created this specific news page.
Support for mortgage customers
If you’re worried about your mortgage payments, or unable to make your mortgage payments, we want to do all we can to help you.
There may be a number of options to consider that will reduce your monthly mortgage payments, subject to the terms of your mortgage, such as a temporary extension of the mortgage term or a temporary conversion to interest only.
If you think you might not be able to meet your mortgage repayments it’s important that you contact us without delay on 01509 631952 or by email at [email protected].
Our friendly and trained team members will work with you to understand your individual circumstances and agree a solution that may meet your needs.
You’ll also find some useful information on the Money Helper website www.moneyhelper.org.uk
Stay safe, be responsible
COVID-19 remains a risk. Everything you need to know about the current guidelines and how you can reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 can be found on the government’s official website here.
The government’s official website has extensive information across a broad range of topics related to Coronavirus. You can access all the information available here.
Stay safe from fraud
Criminals have been using these exceptional circumstances to lull people into believing that the contact they’re making is genuine so it’s important you remain vigilant to such contacts. We’ve put together some general information to help you which you can read and download here.
Action Fraud has recently received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases, the fake online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery, or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
– The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
– The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
– The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
– The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.
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