Retain our banks in the high street

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We are increasingly seeing Banks withdrawing from our High Streets citing online banking as being a key cause. Yet we all know that there are many in our communities who still rely on the ability to visit their bank in person for a number of reasons:

·        they may be infirm or disabled

·        lack confidence on line

·        have unreliable broadband provision or

·        run a small business/charitable facility requiring to bank coin; cannot be done at any mobile banking alternative

All of these will be severely impacted upon should this trend of Bank closures continue.

Banks need to consider how best to meet the continuing needs of households and businesses alike.

There should be a marketplace in our towns where Banks can maintain a presence together which would be beneficial to those customers who prefer or need a face to face service. The Financial Conduct Authority have already logged my comments on this matter and will consider it in their on going regulation of the banking markets.

The marketplace would provide the front facing elements of our Banks for transactions and financial discussions. Therefore instead of closing Banks they should be discussing how they might come together and support our communities' financial infrastructure.

By way of this petition I would like to seek support from the communities out there who are directly affected now, or could be in the future, if we allow our Banks to continue to operate purely to their own business model rather than to the needs of the customer.

Please sign this petition and share as widely as possible.

Let’s encourage our Government to challenge our Banks to respond!



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