I have joined with other MPs to call for a new ‘Town of Culture’ award to be established to help regenerate local areas. MPs have published an open letter to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport requesting for the matter to be discussed further.
Currently, towns are eligible to apply for the ‘City of Culture’ award, but they struggle to put forward a bid that can compete with the larger cities that also compete for the award. Cities have the resources they need to put forward a bid and towns would be greatly supported if they had their own category.
The letter states: Read more “Town of Culture award”
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”