Common Bond - Eastern Savings and Loans
Common Bond

Can I join?

Anyone who joins a credit union has to have something in common with the other members. This is called the ‘common bond’ and is part of the legal status of the credit union.

To join our Credit Union: you must either live, work, study or volunteer inside the boundaries of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or North Essex.

Post Code List for North Essex:

CO1CO2CO3CO4CO5CO6CO7CO8
CO9CO10CO11CO12CO13CO14CO15CO16
CM0CM1CM2CM3CM4CM5CM6CM7
CM8CM9
CM16CM17CM18CM19CM20CM22CM24CM77

So you need to be able to assure the credit union of at least one of the following:

  • I live within the above area;
  • I work in the above area (full-time or part-time, permanent or temporary, casual as and when required, paid or unpaid);
  • I work outside the above area, but I do some of my duties within the area;
  • I am self-employed and I work within the above areas;
  • I am a volunteer in the above area;
  • I attend full-time or part-time education within the above areas.

I am employed by:

  • East of England Co-operative Society Ltd
  • East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Freebridge Housing Association

or I am a tenant of one of:

  • Flagship Housing Association
  • Orbit Housing Group
  • Riverside Housing Association

When becoming a member you will be required to show proof of your identity. Don’t worry we accept a much wider range than banks do, but see our ID requirements for more information.

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Members of ABCUL

Members of ABCUL

Your money is protected up to £85,000

Your money is protected up to £85,000

Authorised and Regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority

Authorised and Regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority

Members of ABCUL

Your money is protected up to £85,000

Authorised and Regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority