I’ve added my name to a cross-party letter to Barclay’s CEO, Jes Staley, following their decision to withdraw from the Post Office’s banking framework.
By preventing cash withdrawals from Post Offices, Barclay’s is abandoning its customers and the Post Office network. They must reverse their decision immediately and join the framework like other banks have agreed to.
The story in my constituency is the same across Scotland and the rest of the UK: people are struggling to access cash and free ATMs. As called for by SNP Conference this weekend, Post Offices must become banking and Government service hubs to support communities and the network.
Local people are undoubtedly angry as access to cash worsens. People will vote with their wallets and support the banks which will support them and enable them to access cash.