18-19 January 2020 – the weekend’s press releases

  • Lib Dems launch campaign to scrap cash machine fees
  • Chancellor must take blinkers off and pay attention to industry
  • Johnson cannot be trusted to fix broken politics

Lib Dems launch campaign to scrap cash machine fees

The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to provide the funding necessary to scrap transaction fees at local cash machines. With the number of bank branches across Powys dwindling, a growing number of residents are forced to reply upon Post Offices and local cash machines to access their money.

Last year Jane Dodds, then MP for Brecon & Radnorshire, led the campaign against Barclays removing vital banking services, such as cash withdrawals, from the services available through Post Office.

Now the party is leading the charge in campaigning against the new 99p transaction fee at the cash machine in Hay-on-Wye.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

While big banks continue to cut support to ATM providers, it is our communities who are having to bear the brunt of these cuts through new transaction fees.

This 99p fee means residents of Hay, myself included, can no longer access our own money outside of Post Office hours without having to pay for it.

That’s why we’re launching our campaign calling for the UK Government to provide the funding needed to scrap these fees and ensure everyone has free access to their own money.

Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council, also commented:

It’s unacceptable that once again our towns and villages are being left behind and we will not stand for it.

For far too long we’ve seen banks across the constituency close, drastically reducing our ability to access banking services locally. Communities like Hay-on-Wye no longer have a local bank, and, thanks to this new transaction fee, their final cash lifeline comes with a premium price tag.

That’s why we’re campaigning to scrap the fee and ensure the UK Government plays in part in supporting our precious rural communities.

Chancellor must take blinkers off and pay attention to industry

Responding to the Chancellor’s comments today, warning manufacturers that “there will not be alignment” with the EU after Brexit, Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

Major industries across the country have time and again made clear that pan-European regulatory alignment has been a success in supporting the creation and retention of millions of jobs.

To risk all that in favour of narrow, ideological ends is a real slap in the face. It is the height of irresponsibility for which the British public will be forced to pay.

Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose Brexit and hold this shambles of a Government to account. The Chancellor must take the blinkers off and pay attention to industry.

Johnson cannot be trusted to fix broken politics

Responding to reports that Boris Johnson is considering relocating the House of Lords to the north of England, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Constitutional Relations Wendy Chamberlain said:

Boris Johnson is the man who tried to silence our democracy by unlawfully shutting down Parliament. How can anyone trust him to fix our broken politics?

Our politics doesn’t need piecemeal change. It is in need of an urgent and radical overhaul. It is time to hit the refresh button.

That’s why Liberal Democrats are fighting to give real power to people with an elected House of Lords, a fairer voting system and to ensure 16- and 17-year olds have their say at the ballot box.

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3 Comments

  • The campaign to remove the 99p,or any other amount should go national.
    The Brexit economist Mitford seems to think that all we need is service industries and the rest of industry can go to the dogs. That will be a disaster.

  • Philip Moss 20th Jan '20 - 1:39pm

    Regarding Johnson and broken promises. Can someone confirm my memory, it was said that making a trade agreement with the EU would be simple as we , as EU members already conform to accepted rules and regulations. However the Chancellor now says that we will not be bound by theses, so how easy will it now be to make a trade agreement?

  • John Peters 20th Jan '20 - 2:02pm

    There is no need to ask for help with your memory in this day and age.

    Google will quickly confirm your memory of such phrases as “Go back to your constituencies, and prepare for government!” and “The Liberal Democrats are the biggest stop Brexit party – and Prime Minister Jo Swinson will revoke Article 50 on Day 1.”

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