A new group is planning to give Sutton its very own currency.

Residents have already met to discuss the possibility of introducing the Sutton Pound.

The currency would run alongside the regular pound sterling but is designed to support local businesses.

Consumers who join the scheme will be asked to pay a one-off fee of £5, which will allow them to buy Sutton Pounds in exchange for Pounds Sterling.

Following the successful introduction of the Lewes, Totnes, Brixton and Stroud pounds, Sutton could be next in line to make the move.

Inspired by the global Transition Town movement, the currency can only be spent with participating local independent shops and traders.

Business woman, Helen Heathfield, said: "In these times of economic uncertainty, a Sutton Pound could boost the local economy. Brixton, Lewes and Totnes all have a thriving local currency that supports local independent businesses and shops."

The group is showing a film, The Crash Course, which looks at problems within the current financial system and why the group believe it is destined to fail.

Open to all, screening starts at 7pm tonight, (October 13) at All Saints Community Centre, Hackbridge.

To find out more about the group phone 07932 039031.