Joy Morrissey MP is taking action this week, responding to the recent announcement of bank branch closures in her constituency. Mrs Morrissey will be meeting with representatives from HSBC, Lloyds and Halifax, following their closure announcements, to demand they explain the reason for closing so many branches in such a short space of time, and what alternative provision will be in place afterwards.
Mrs Morrissey has also approached the Post Office, to meet and discuss what role they can play in making sure that local residents continue to have access to banking services and particularly access to cash. With so many banks proposed to close, the Post Office will be an important service provider.
In addition to acting at the local level, Mrs Morrissey has also written to Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to urge him to act swiftly to implement the commitment that the Government has already made on legislating to protect access to cash.
I am acting this week to hold the banks accountable for their decisions, to secure local banking services through the Post Office, and to urge the Chancellor to legislate to protect access to cash.