Copeland MP hits out at Barclays for scrapping service


Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has hit out at Barclays for scrapping a service which allows customers to withdraw cash at post offices.

From January next year, Barclays customers will no longer be able to use this service as it is being stopped.

Mrs Harrison says her constituents in Millom will be particularly devastated by the move.

She has written to Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays, and will also be raising it as a matter of urgency with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

“In Copeland, Barclays closed its branches in Whitehaven and Millom in March this year but I was given assurances at that time that customers would be able to continue to carry out everyday transactions at their local post office.

“Now, however, it seems that is not the case,” said Mrs Harrison.

“Post offices are the lifeblood of the high street and I hope this decision can be reconsidered in towns such as Millom where it will have a huge impact on its customers.

“I have been contacted by many people in the Millom area complaining about this as there are limited other options available to them – including few cashpoints,” added the MP.  “I am therefore asking for an exception to policy to be made for Millom in particular.

“By doing this I feel that Barclays is undermining its wider social responsibility to local communities and post offices. Copeland is a rural area and therefore we rely on services such as these.”




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