Council Blocks Payday Websites

July 25, 2015 - PRLog -- Payday loan company has cheekily imposed a ban on its computers linking to the Kirklees Council website after the council blocked access to payday loans sites from the boroughs library computers.

The blocking software cost Kirklees Council and its residents £56,000, Despite the IT spend, this week the council announced plans to cut the residents bin collection service from 5 to 4 days a week in order to finding savings of up to £500,000.

Other sites that have also been blocked include the popular digital music service, Spotify and microblogging platform, Tumblr, which hosts over 250 million personal blogs.

The council also has also imposed blanket bans on pornography, ‘alternative beliefs’ and extremist groups.

Clr Mehboob Khan, Kirklees leader, said “I am happy that we are taking this step to help prevent vulnerable people falling into debt through the use of payday lenders."

“Such debts cause serious problems for people who are trying to make ends meet and already suffering from the effects of the recession."

“It is only right that there should be more controls on the lenders.”

Ironically, it was Kirklees Council that hit the headlines with their not so understanding stance on the non-payment of council tax back in 2009 - 'Don't pay your council tax? We'll bankrupt you say Kirklees'. And in 2013, an anarchist group called for people 'Not to Pay Your Bills' after the council, led by Clr Kahn, sought to increase council tax bills for unemployed and low-income families by up to 29%.

John O'Hara, founder of, which is on the councils prohibited list said “The industry already has a regulator – we don't need another one.”

“The council should focus on running the borough properly and let residents take charge of their life choices. I find it comical that payday lenders are being categorised alongside Islamic State - although I can understand why the streaming of One Direction music has been banned.”

“If councillors applied their focus to the job in hand, they might have spotted that they had been cutting someone elses grass for the past 35 years."


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