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Prime Minister fails to stand up for rural communities over bank closures

March 6, 2019 2:19 PM

During Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon, local MP Tim Farron urged Theresa May to properly compensate communities that have been abandoned by the banks and forced to use online banking instead.

Tim's plea came after the closure of the last remaining branch in the town of Grange-over-Sands was announced last week.

According to the consumer group Which? around 3,000 bank branches have closed over the past three years.

Meanwhile over the same time period, innocent customers have lost an extra £2billion in online and financial fraud.

Speaking during Prime Ministers Questions, Tim asked: "Will she agree that the banks have taken without giving for too long?

"Will she meet with me to force the banks to compensate victims of fraud, to compensate the communities they have abandoned and to prevent banks closing the last branch in town?"

However, in response, the Prime Minister refused to help abandoned communities and victims of financial fraud, instead saying that banks are "commercial organisations and those are decisions that they take."

Speaking afterwards, Tim said: "It's absolutely staggering and hugely disappointing that the Prime Minister has decided to turn her back on communities like Grange that have been abandoned by the banks.

"People who have been victims of financial fraud and those who have been let down by the banks deserve better than the Prime Minister shrugging her shoulders."