Following Barclays Bank's new announcement that they will keep all remote or ‘last-in-town’ branches open for at least the next two years, Jane is calling for other banks to pledge to do the same.
Barclays commitment applies to branches in Brecon and Builth Wells and is part of a wider measure of moves being taken by the bank to try to ensure people in rural or isolated areas can continue to access banking facilities.
I hope this marks a turning point in the fight to save our local banking services.
Other parts of the announcement include a commitment to exploring shared bank branches to restore services to communities, a scheme to allow customers to get cashback from local retailers without having to make a purchase and continued access to services through Post Office facilities.
Commenting on this announcement Jane Dodds, Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“I welcome Barclays latest announcement, which represents a big win for our area. I hope this marks a turning point in the fight to save our local banking services.
But the fight is not yet won, and we cannot be complacent.
“We know how vital access to banking is, especially in rural areas, so I am glad that facilities in Brecon and Builth are now protected for the next few years. But the fight is not yet won, and we cannot be complacent.
“I will be writing to other banks to ask them to pledge to maintain their last branches in our communities, as well as explore ways to work together to restore services to places which have lost their local bank branches.”