Angus MP Kirstene Hair has slammed a UK bank’s decision to stop offering Post Office cash withdrawals.
Tens of thousands of UK customers will be denied vital access to cash at local counters from January.
This is despite almost 30 British banks committing to a new Post Office scheme that promises to ensure millions of customers have access to cash.
Scottish Conservative MP Ms Hair has co-signed a cross-party letter this afternoon to the bank’s chief executive Jes Staley, calling on him to reverse this decision.
She fears the Barclays decision will “test the good faith” of other banks involved and have a detrimental effect on customers in her constituency.
“Against the backdrop of endless high street bank and ATM closures, it’s vital that we do all we can to prevent banks from removing this minimum measure.
“Angus alone has lost 15 bank branches in less than nine years.
“Banks point to digital access as being more important, but that approach will fail rural communities, charities, business bankers, the elderly and isolated.”
This year alone, the sites that have shut include the RBS in Montrose; Bank of Scotland in Carnoustie and Kirriemuir; and Santander in Brechin and Forfar.
Labour MP Chris Elmore’s appeal to Mr Staley states:
We were extremely disappointed to learn of Barclays’ intention to end the current agreement with the Post Office that allows our constituents to withdraw cash from their local Post Office branches.
“This change will only add to the cash crisis many of the most vulnerable and elderly in our communities are currently facing. We would strongly urge you to reverse this decision to prevent your customers – and our constituents – from being left behind in the wake of the banking sector’s digitisation.”