By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 1431 which calls for legal protections to be put in place to ensure that everyone has access to ATMs to withdraw cash.

The free use of ATMs is funded through a levy on banks set by the network body LINK. On Sunday 1 July, the first of four rounds of cuts to the funding for free to use ATMs will be put into action.

Since this cut was announced five months ago 300 ATMs have closed per month with rural areas being more greatly impacted than urban centres.

There are no legal protections for access to free cash with only the business case for an ATM based on the fee set by LINK or the ATMs ability to charge per withdrawal determining whether it stays open or it closes. ATM providers have warned that the cut in funding goes too far too fast with the industry body ATIMA saying as many as 30,000 ATMs could be lost by 2030, that is 40% of the UK’s network. Read more “Calling for legal protections for access to ATMs”

I have met with the Guide Dogs charity to discuss the impact of pavement parking / clutter on our streets and its impact for people with sight loss or other disabilities.

Pavement parking is a growing problem as more and more homes are built without off road parking meaning that car owners are parking on pavements. This is combined with streets which are becoming more cluttered with wheelie bins, road signs, traffic cones, and bicycles to name but a few. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs campaign to end pavement parking”