Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, has successfully campaigned to make the cash machine in Moorside free to use.
Richard started his Access to Cash campaign this summer, which aimed to ensure that all residents of North West Durham have free access to cash. You can read about this here. He successfully campaigned to prevent the cash machine at the Post Office on Billy Row removed, which you can read about here.
The cash machine in Moorside was not free to use, and residents had to pay an enormous £1.99 every single time they wanted to withdraw money. This fee did not go to the local area and was costing local residents a huge £20,000 every single year. Around 700 people use the cash machine every month and, thanks to Richard’s campaign, the machine will now be free of charge to all who use it.
This will be a boost for both residents and local businesses – people will have more money in their pockets to spend in the local area. Richard has written about the issue of access to cash in ConservativeHome, where he said that communities should not be ‘ripped off’ – you can read this here.
Commenting, Richard said:
“I am delighted that my campaign to make the cash machine at Moorside free of charge has been successful. It’s so important that everyone has free access to cash, and this can be especially true of the elderly and those on a budget. No one should be paying a premium for access to their money.
I’d like to thank Link for working with me on this project, and I’d like to thank all the residents who brought this issue to my attention.
I will continue to fight for all residents of North West Durham to ensure that we see practical changes in the area that have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives.”
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