Treasury must act on rural ATM charges

By Fred Till, Jan 16, 2020 3:01

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Local campaigner Jane Dodds has joined Kirsty Williams AM and Cllr James Gibson-Watt in calling for the UK Treasury to take action to abolish transaction charges at rural ATMs.

Transactional charges are becoming increasingly common across Wales as more and more banks cut back on support to ATM providers, meaning the running costs are being passed onto the customers.

The ATM at Hay Post Office is the most recent local example of this, with customers now being charged 99p per transaction.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

“Our rural communities are seeing vital local services cut back time and time again, and now they're losing free access to cash too. While banks continue to cut back on support for ATM providers, it is the people in our towns and villages that are suffering.

“Residents of Hay-on-Wye, including myself, now have no choice but to pay 99p per transaction if we want to withdraw cash when the Post Office is closed. This is so damaging to both the local economy and our important small businesses.

“The UK Treasury must act now to work towards abolishing these unfair charges and ensuring everyone across rural Wales has free access to their own money.

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, also commented:

“Easy and free access to cash remains vital for many people in rural communities. Both for our small businesses, but also the most vulnerable residents.

"The UK Government and big banks must make sure that free ATM services are accessible to all."

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