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Credit unions: “a proud history of protecting the poor”
  1. John R Ashton
  1. North West Public Health Team, Department of Health, 18th Floor, Sunley Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M1 4BE, UK; johnrashton{at}

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    Poverty, both relative and absolute, remains at the root of public health inequalities: most commodities, not least that of money itself, are more expensive for the poor. Public sector workers on low pay can benefit from having access to credit unions, which can save them from loan sharks. Why don’t more health services provide credit unions for their workers? This photograph shows a historic credit union building in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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