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17 December 2009

Barrett joins the save the cheque campaign

Edinburgh West MP, John Barrett has signed a cross-party Westminster motion, launched by fellow LibDem MP Mark Hunter, to ‘save the cheque’ after yesterdays announcement that banks will be taking them out of use in 2018. Over 100 MPs have already signed the motion, including that of Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable.

Mr Barrett said:

“Abolishing the cheque will cause great inconvenience to many people who rely on cheques as a means of payment - particularly many elderly people.

“Many still do not have access to internet banking and are reluctant of chip and pin so the cheque remains a vital means of payment for goods and services”

“This development is most unwelcome in its own right but taken together with the news on bank charges I think they amount to nothing less than an insult to the British public.” 

Leading consumer group Which? Has also given its officially backing to the “save the cheque” campaign.

Many of the nation’s most vulnerable people will face great inconvenience. The cheque has been around for over 2,000 years, but bankers plan to abolish it to save money.

A spokesperson for Which? said:

“Which? opposes setting an end-date for phasing out cheques until there are cheap and safe alternatives in place for people who rely on them.

“Prematurely getting rid of cheques will make life very difficult for many of the most vulnerable, including the elderly, the house-bound and those who don’t have access to the internet.

You can sign the ‘save the cheque’ e-petition to the Prime Minister at: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/SaveCheque/BA191rBtr7DtAfKueSAi3EU

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