PEOPLE who get benefits or state pensions can now have them paid directly into a credit union.

Castle and Minster Credit Union, based in Huddersfield, has been accepted as a recipient for direct benefit payments.

Benefit recipients living and working in Kirklees, who have difficulty opening a bank or post office account, can join the credit union which gives them the opportunity to save and borrow money.

It also enables them to establish a positive credit history which will help them to obtain financial services in future.

Credit union vice-chair Margaret Bagshaw said: "I am pleased to announce that the credit union is now accepting benefit payments electronically into member's accounts.

"This initiative will help not just our existing members in receipt of child benefits and state pensions, but also any other benefit recipients living or working in Kirklees who are unable to open a bank or post office account."