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 signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 167 calling for a change in the law to prohibit the use of tyres over the age of 10 years on public service vehicles.
This EDM has been supported by the Tyred campaign. This campaign was launched following the tragic events of 2012 when a coach transporting young people back from a music festival crashed, causing three people to lose their lives. The crash was caused by a tyre that was 19.5 years old.
Following an inquest into the crash the coroner wrote to the Government appealing for legislation to ban tyres older than 10 years from being used by coaches or mini-buses.
The Department of Transport did not implement this change in legislation but simply amended the safety guidelines of public service vehicles (busses, mini-busses, coaches etc.), recommending that tyres over 10 years should not be fitted. Read more “Road Safety: Prohibit the sale of old tyres”
I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 863 which states:
That this House welcomes the announcement that the Green Investment Bank’s Offshore Wind Fund has exceeded its original £1 billion investment target; notes that the Fund is the world’s first dedicated offshore wind fund and Europe’s largest dedicated renewable energy fund, providing long-term institutional investors with the opportunity to access the UK’s green infrastructure sector; understands that the six projects the Fund has invested in have a capacity of 1.45GW producing over 4,500 GWh renewable electricity each year, resulting in the avoidance of almost 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, and that the portfolio will also result in avoidance of emissions to air and consumption of fossil fuel; believes that the announcement is a strong indicator of the growing maturity of the UK offshore wind sector; further notes with concern reports that the Green Investment Bank will be asset stripped if it is transferred to the private sector; and calls on the Government immediately to halt the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank.
The Green Investment Bank was established under the Climate Change Act 2008 by the last Labour Government. It seeks to bring funding to the renewable energy projects which would not receive such funding from the private sector. Read more “Green Investment Bank”
I have tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) pledging the House of Commons congratulations for the Wales Rugby League Team, along with England, Scotland and Ireland, on qualifying for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The EDM also calls on the Government to support the team to raise awareness of rugby league and its importance in Wales.
The motion states:
That this House congratulates the Wales Rugby League team, along with England, Scotland and Ireland, on qualifying for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup to be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in October and November 2017; and calls on the Government to support the team to raise awareness of rugby league and its importance in Wales. Read more “Rugby League World Cup 2017”