Bury North MP James Frith has teamed up with the Post Office, UK Finance and 26 banks to raise awareness of the banking services available to constituents at their local Post Office. The ‘Everyday Banking at the Post Office’ service means customers, including small businesses, can now pay in cash and cheques or take out money from their high street bank account over the counter at the Post Office, helping people have ready access to cash to meet their financial needs and supporting the local economy.
Following James Frith’s intervention, RBS and NatWest customers, who face the closure of branches in Ramsbottom and Bury, will as of 23rd November 2018 be able to pay in cash and cheques at the Post Office using their chip and pin cards, without the hassle of paying in slips. This has previously been available for other banks but not RBS or NatWest.
The Post Office has 12 branches across Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom and with high street banks closing, this service provides a convenient local place to bank for thousands of customers. Everyday Banking at the Post Office is supported by the retail banking sector and is complementary to the services available at their branches. The service is available to customers whenever the Post Office is open, which in many locations includes evenings and Sundays. There is no additional cost for personal or business customers, with most customers only needing a card and PIN to withdraw cash and a pre-printed paying-in slip to deposit.
James said: “This is a really important service for many of my constituents who prefer to do their banking in person rather than online. I’m doing everything I can to stop the closure of more of our high street banks, but I also want to highlight that alternatives are available.
“It is easy to see why this is such an important service to so many, and over the coming months I will be working with the Post Office and retail banking sector to raise awareness of this service amongst local people.”
The location and opening times of local Post Office branches can be found at www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder. More information about the service is available at www.postoffice.co.uk/everydaybanking.
See James speak out against rural bank closures in Parliament below